Rice University
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2000
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States of America
Areas of Interest
17th/18th Century Philosophy
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    Introduction: The empiricists and their context -- Empiricism and the empiricists -- The intellectual background to the early modern empiricists -- Martin Luther and the Reformation -- Aristotelian cosmology and the scientific revolution -- Aristotelian/scholastic hylomorphism and the rise of mechanism -- The Royal Society of London -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626) -- The natural realm : the idols of the mind -- Idols of the tribe -- Idols of the cave -- Idols of the marketplace -- Idols of the thea…Read more
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    Leibniz on conatus, causation, and freedom
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 (4). 2004.
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    Throughout his early writings, Leibniz was concerned with developing an acceptable account of God's relationship to the created world. In some of these early writings, he endorsed the idea that this relationship was similar to the human soul's relationship to the body. Though he eventually came to reject this idea, theanima mundi thesis remained the topic of several essays and correspondences during his career, culminating in the correspondence with Clarke. At first glance,Leibniz's discussions …Read more
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    The Importance of Teleology to Boyle's Natural Philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (4). 2011.
    Boyle prefaced his Disquisition about the Final Causes of Natural Things with the claim that there are three dangerous consequences for failing to engage in the pursuit of final causes. Boyle was sincere in this claim, for there is a systematic line of reasoning in his texts that incorporates all three consequences and establishes conceptual connections between his science, his theology, and his value theory. I argue in this paper that Boyle's teleological outlook led him to believe that the nat…Read more
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    Leibniz on final causes
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2): 217-233. 2006.
    : In this paper, I investigate Leibniz's conception of final causation. I focus especially on the role that Leibnizian final causes play in intentional action, and I argue that for Leibniz, final causes are a species of efficient causation. It is the intentional nature of final causation that distinguishes it from mechanical efficient causation. I conclude by highlighting some of the implications of Leibniz's conception of final causation for his views on human freedom, and on the unconscious ac…Read more
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    Ascriptive supervenience
    Southwest Philosophy Review 13 (1): 47-57. 1997.
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    Review of Lloyd Strickland, Leibniz Reinterpreted (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (2). 2007.
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    Leibniz and Berkeley on Teleological Intelligibility
    History of Philosophy Quarterly 23 (2). 2006.
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    The Non-Aristotelian Novelty of Leibniz’s Teleology
    The Leibniz Review 21 69-90. 2011.
    My aim in this paper is to underscore the novelty of Leibniz’s teleology from a historical perspective. I believe this perspective helps deliver a better understanding of the finer details of Leibniz’s employment of final causes. I argue in this paper that Leibniz was taking a stance on three central teleological issues that derive from Aristotle, issues that seem to have occupied nearly every advocate of final causes from Aristotle to Leibniz. I discuss the three Aristotelian issues, and how ma…Read more
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    Boyle’s teleological mechanism and the myth of immanent teleology
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 43 (1): 54-63. 2012.
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    Leibniz's Great Chain Of Being
    Studia Leibnitiana 32 (2). 2000.
    L'une des applications de la de Leibniz aboutit à la thèse que toutes les substances créées forment une hiérarchie continue selon leur degré de perfection. Des critiques ont soutenu que cette thèse est contradictoire à l'affirmation de Leibniz que les êtres rationnels, étant des images de la divinité et constituant ainsi une classe distincte d'êtres créés, sont plus près de la perfection que tous les autres. L'objection est que cette affirmation crée une lacune entre les êtres rationnels et les …Read more
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    Leibniz, gottried Wilhelm — B. causation
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008.
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    On the Very Concept of Harmony in Leibniz
    Review of Metaphysics 54 (1). 2000.
    IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT LEIBNIZ’S NOTION OF HARMONY plays a crucial role in his philosophical system. Leibniz drew on this concept of harmony in motivating, and explaining, numerous areas of his thought: everything from Leibnizian mathematics and metaphysics to ethics and social philosophy, incorporates the notion of harmony as a central descriptive and explanatory concept. While there has been much discussion of some the applications of harmony in Leibniz’s system– especially the mind-body harmon…Read more
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    Can Any Divine Punishment be Morally Justified?
    Philo 6 (2): 280-298. 2003.
    A traditional and widespread belief among theists is that God administers punishment for sins and/or immoral actions. In this paper, Iargue that there is good reason to believe that the infliction of any suffering on humans by God (i.e., a perfectly just being) is morally unjustified. This is important not only because it conflicts with a deeply entrenched religious belief, but also because, as I show, a number of recent argumentative strategies employed by theistic philosophers require that div…Read more