6Embedding Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in a Philosophy Course in advanceAmerican Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy. forthcoming.
28Creation as Efficient Causation in AquinasAmerican Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. forthcoming.In this article, I explore Aquinas’s account of divine creative activities as a type of efficient causation. I propose that Aquinas’s works hold a framework for understanding God as an efficient cause and creating as an act of divine efficient causation that makes explicit what Aquinas views to be implicit in Aristotle’s account of efficient causation. I explore Aristotelian efficient causation in depth, offering a detailed analysis of the components of Aristotelian efficient causation. After th…Read more
7Avicenna’s account of Creation by Divine Voluntary EmanationOtrosiglo 1 (2): 103-128. 2017.I defend the claim that Avicenna explains the creation of the universe in terms of emanation modeled on Neoplatonic emanation by exploring Avicenna’s account of creation by emanation in detail. I address what appears to be an obvious problem for the application of this model to creation—namely, that creation as emanation seems to be non-voluntary and has been understood to be non-voluntary by several prominent interpreters. I explore how Avicenna contends that God emanates voluntarily and non-ne…Read more
Augustana UniversityReligion, Philosophy, and ClassicsAssistant Professor
Department of Philosophy