Emory University
Department of Philosophy
Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
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    Spinoza and the Problem of Mental Representation
    International Philosophical Quarterly 54 (1): 75-87. 2014.
    Spinoza’s mind-body thesis states that the mind is the idea of the body. At the same time, Spinoza is clear in affirming that we have ideas of external bodies. There is a question, therefore, of how to reconcile two contending objects of perception: the human body qua object of the mind, on the one hand, and the myriad bodies external to ours, on the other. After evaluating various commentators’ attempts to address the issue, I make two primary claims: the object of sense perception in Spinoza i…Read more
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    Memory aids and the Cartesian circle
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (6): 1064-1083. 2018.
    ABSTRACTIn answering the circularity charge, Descartes consistently distinguished between truths whose demonstrations we currently perceive clearly and distinctly and truths whose demonstrations we merely remember having perceived clearly and distinctly. Descartes uses C-truths to prove God’s existence, thus validating R-truths. While avoiding one form of circularity, this introduces another circle, for Descartes believes that God’s existence validates R-truths even when itself an R-truth. I con…Read more
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    Everything in Its Right Place: Spinoza and Life by the Light of Nature by Joseph Almog (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 68 (4): 836-838. 2015.
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    On the Alleged Exceptional Nature of Thought in Spinoza
    Journal of Philosophical Research 41 1-16. 2016.
    Since modes of the attribute of thought are ideas of the modes of all the other attributes in Spinoza, the scope of thought appears to be equal to that of all the other attributes combined. This suggests that thought is exceptional, and threatens to upset Spinoza’s doctrine of parallelism, according to which thought is just one among an infinity of attributes each expressing the divine essence in its own unique way. After providing an overview of attempts to solve the problem of thought’s scope …Read more
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    Church, Jennifer. Possibilities of Perception (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 68 (2): 418-420. 2014.
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    Geometrical Figures in Spinoza's Book of Nature
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (3): 455-476. 2018.
    the view of spinoza as a scion of the mathematico-mechanistic tradition of Galileo and Descartes, albeit perhaps an idiosyncratic one, has been held by many commentators and might be considered standard.1 Although the standard view has a prima facie solid basis in Spinoza's conception of the physical world as extended, law-bound, and deterministic, it has come under sustained criticism of late. Arguing that, for Spinoza, numbers and figures are mere beings of reason and mathematical conceptions …Read more
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    Rationalism, Continental
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2014.
    Continental Rationalism Continental rationalism is a retrospective category used to group together certain philosophers working in continental Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, in particular, Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, especially as they can be regarded in contrast with representatives of “British empiricism,” most notably, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Whereas the British empiricists held that … Continue reading Rationalism, Continental →.
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    Understanding Ignorance: The Surprising Impact of What We Don't Know (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 72 (2). 2018.