Propositions and Judgments in Locke and Arnauld: A Monstrous and Unholy Union?Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (2): 255-280. 2014.Philosophers have accused locke of holding a view about propositions that simply conflates the formation of a propositional thought with the judgment that a proposition is true, and charged that this has obviously absurd consequences.1 Worse, this account appears not to be unique to Locke: it bears a striking resemblance to one found in both the Port-Royal Logic (the Logic, for short) and the Port-Royal Grammar. In the Logic, this account forms part of the backbone of the traditional logic expou…Read more
Berkeley's "defense" of "commonsense"Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (3): 315-338. 2011.Nearly as famous as his denial of the existence of matter is Berkeley's insistence that his philosophy is somehow a defense of commonsense. This is most often taken to mean that Berkeley thinks of his philosophy as supporting commonsense beliefs. However, the inadequacies of such views have persuaded some to disregard entirely Berkeley's claims about commonsense. Both readings are undesirable. Extant interpretations misunderstand the relationship between Berkeley's philosophy and commonsense. In…Read more
Corpuscles, mechanism, and essentialism in Berkeley and LockeJournal of the History of Philosophy 29 (1): 47-67. 1991.
“Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity”: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Literary Criticism in the Analytical Review and A Vindication of the Rights of WomanJournal of the History of Ideas 79 (2): 243-265. 2018.
Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of PerceptionOxford University Press. 2017.The seventeenth century witnesses the demise of two core doctrines in the theory of perception: naive realism about color, sound, and other sensible qualities and the empirical theory, drawn from Alhacen and Roger Bacon, which underwrote it. This created a problem for seventeenth century philosophers: how is that we use qualities such as color, feel, and sound to locate objects in the world, even though these qualities are not real? Ejecting such sensible qualities from the mind-independent worl…Read more
Trinity College, DublinDepartment of PhilosophyUssher Assistant Professor In Berkeley Studies (Early Modern Philosophy)
University of Southern California
School of Philosophy
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland