I’m pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Syracuse University. My research is primarily in metaphysics. I’m also interested in ancient philosophy and the philosophy of science.

My dissertation is about the relationship between explaining and understanding. In particular, I am interested in what that relationship tells us about the structure of reality. I argue that to understand is to recognize how things fit together, like putting together the pieces of an intellectual puzzle, and to explain is to make salient these interrelations between the world’s furniture and denizens. This suggests that, at bottom, reality is an interdependent network, syst…

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