University of Colorado, Boulder
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1997
Madison, New Jersey, United States of America
Areas of Interest
Metaphysics
Aesthetics
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    Reading Dewey: lnterpretations for a Postmodern Generation (review)
    Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 29 (90): 19-20. 2001.
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    I identify a commonly held position in environmental philosophy, “the received view,” and argue that its proponents beg the question when challenged to demonstrate the relevance of environmental aesthetics for environmental justice. I call this “the inference problem,” and I go on to argue that an alternative to the received view, Arnold Berleant’s participatory engagement model, is better equipped to meet the challenge it poses. By adopting an alternative metaphysics, the engagement model suppl…Read more
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    The Modal Status of Natural Laws
    Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder. 1997.
    According to a popular realist conception, the laws of nature not only describe, but indeed govern what happens in the empirical world. Thus, according to this view, laws are "modally stronger" than mere contingent, empirical regularities. At the same time, this conception has it that the laws of nature could have been other than they actually are. Thus, according to this view, laws are "modally weaker" than logical necessities. As such, this view of laws, which I call the Weak Thesis, requires …Read more
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    Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise, And the Possibility of Freedom
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 15 13-20. 2008.
    Philosophers concerned with the problem of freedom and determinism differ strikingly over the analysis of the concept of human freedom of the will. Compatibilists and incompatibilists, determinists and indeterminists populate the conceptual landscape with a dizzying array of theories differing in complex and subtle ways. Each of these analyses faces an under-appreciated potential challenge: the challenge from scientific essentialism. Might all traditional analyses of freedom of the will be radic…Read more
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    Reading Dewey
    Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 29 (90): 19-20. 2001.
  • Amy Gutmann, ed., Freedom of Association (review)
    Philosophy in Review 19 183-185. 1999.
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    Who's afraid of corporate culture: The Barnett Newman controversy
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 51 (1): 49-57. 1993.
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    How General is Generalized Scientific Essentialism?
    Synthese 144 (3): 373-379. 2005.
      I look at a recent argument offered in defense of a doctrine which I will call generalized scientific essentialism. This is the doctrine according to which, not only are some facts about substance composition metaphysically necessary, but, in addition, some facts about substance behavior are metaphysically necessary. More specifically, so goes the argument, not only is water necessarily composed of H2O and salt is necessarily composed of NaCl, but, in addition, salt necessarily dissolves in wa…Read more
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Lucy Allais, Anita Allen, Andrew Altman, Erik A. Anderson, David Archard, Faith Armitage, Barbara Arneil, Gustaf Arrhenius, and Marcus Arvan
    Journal of Social Philosophy 43 (4): 363-366. 2012.
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    Amy Gu tmann, ed., Freedom of Association Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 19 (3): 183-185. 1999.
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Anita Allen, Erik A. Anderson, David Archard, Marcus Arvan, Linda Barclay, Marcia Baron, Daniel Bar-Tal, Debra Bergoffen, and Alyssa Bernstein
    Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (4): 341-345. 2011.
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    Dispositional essentialism; alive and well
    Philosophical Papers 26 (2): 195-201. 1997.
    No abstract
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    Nicholas Wolterstorff and Christopher J. Eberle have defended the view that the ethics of liberal citizenship allows citizens to publicly support the passage of coercive laws based solely on their religious convictions. They also develop positive conceptions of virtuous citizenship that place moral limits on how citizens may appeal to their religion. The question I address in this essay is whether the limits they impose on citizens’ appeals to their religion are adequate. Since Eberle’s “ideal o…Read more
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Anita Allen, Andrew Altman, David Archard, Faith Armitage, Gustaf Arrhenius, Marcus Arvan, Michael Bacon, Daniel Bar-Tal, and Paul Benson
    Journal of Social Philosophy 41 (4): 399-402. 2010.
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    Fashionable Nihilism
    Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 30 (92): 47-49. 2002.
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    The “new natural lawyers” (NNLs) are a prolific group of philosophers, theologians, and political theorists that includes John Finnis, Robert George, Patrick Lee, Gerard Bradley, and Germain Grisez, among others. These thinkers have devoted themselves to developing and defending a traditional sexual ethic according to which homosexual sexual acts are immoral per se and marriage ought to remain an exclusively heterosexual institution. The sterility objection holds that the NNLs are guilty of maki…Read more