Trinity College, Dublin
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2013
St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Religion
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    Editor’s Introduction
    Philosophia Christi 22 (2): 203-204. 2020.
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    Editor’s Introduction
    Philosophia Christi 22 (1): 3-4. 2020.
  • Omnipresence ad the Location of the Immaterial
    Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 8 167-206. 2017.
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    On Christian Theism and Unrestricted Composition
    American Philosophical Quarterly 56 (4): 345-360. 2019.
    Our aim in this paper is to bring to light two sources of tension for Christian theists who endorse the principle of unrestricted composition, that necessarily, for any objects, the xs, there exists an object, y, such that the xs compose y. In Value, we argue that a composite object made of wholly valuable parts is at least as valuable as its most valuable part, and so the mereological sum of God and a wholly valuable part would be at least as valuable as God; but Christian theism arguably deman…Read more
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    Editor’s Introduction
    Philosophia Christi 21 (1): 3-4. 2019.
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    The Structure of Objects
    Philosophia Christi 13 (1): 219-223. 2011.
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    Epistemic Temperance and the Moral Perils of Intellectual Inquiry
    Philosophia Christi 17 (2): 457-472. 2015.
    An oft-repeated dictum in contemporary epistemology is that the epistemic goal minimally includes the acquisition of true beliefs and the avoidance of false beliefs. There is, however, a robust epistemological tradition in the Christian West that distinguishes between a virtuous and a vicious desire for and pursuit of cognitive contact with reality. The cognitive ideal for humans consists in epistemic temperance, an appetite for and pursuit of truth that is conducted in appropriate measure, and …Read more
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    Thomas H. McCall. An Invitation to Analytic Christian Theology
    Journal of Analytic Theology 5 919-923. 2017.
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    Essential Dependence, Truthmaking, and Mereology: Then and Now
    In Lukas Novak, Daniel D. Novotny, Prokop Sousedik & David Svoboda (eds.), Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic, Ontos Verlag. pp. 73-90. 2012.
    One notable area in analytic metaphysics that has seen a revival of Aristotelian and scho- lastic inspired metaphysics is the return to a more robust construal of the notion of essence, what some have labelled “real” or “serious” essentialism. However, it is only recently that this more robust notion of essence has been implemented into the debate on truthmaking, mainly by the work of E. J. Lowe. The first part of the paper sets out to explore the scholastic roots of essential dependence as well…Read more
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    I offer a concise critique of a recurring line of reasoning advanced by Joseph LaPorte and Samir Okasha that all modern species concepts render the view that biological organisms essentially belong to their species empirically untenable. The argument, I claim, trades on a crucial modal ambiguity that collapses the de re/de dicto distinction. Contra their claim that the continued adherence of such a view on behalf of contemporary metaphysicians stems from the latter’s ignorance of developments in…Read more
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    Gratuitous Evil Unmotivated: A Reply to MacGregor
    Philosophia Christi 15 (2): 435-445. 2013.
    In his article “The Existence and Irrelevance of Gratuitous Evil,” Kirk R. MacGregor has argued that the Christian theist need not demur at the existence of gratuitous evil. In fact, we are told that Christian theists have ample philosophical, theological, and biblical evidence in favor of the existence of gratuitous evil. In this brief note I examine both the general structure of his argument as well as several of his more central arguments in favor of gratuitous evil and the compatibility of s…Read more
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    Neo-Aristotelian Plenitude
    Philosophical Studies 168 (3): 583-597. 2014.
    Plenitude, roughly, the thesis that for any non-empty region of spacetime there is a material object that is exactly located at that region, is often thought to be part and parcel of the standard Lewisian package in the metaphysics of persistence. While the wedding of plentitude and Lewisian four-dimensionalism is a natural one indeed, there are a hand-full of dissenters who argue against the notion that Lewisian four-dimensionalism has exclusive rights to plentitude. These ‘promiscuous’ three-d…Read more
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    I first offer a broad taxonomy of models of divine omnipresence in the Christian tradition, both past and present. I then examine the recent model proposed by Hud Hudson (2009, 2014) and Alexander Pruss (2013)—ubiquitous entension—and flag a worry with their account that stems from predominant analyses of the concept of ‘material object’. I then attempt to show that ubiquitous entension has a rich Latin medieval precedent in the work of Augusine and Anselm. I argue that the model of omnipresence…Read more
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    It is a common assumption in the metaphysics of time that a commitment to presentism entails a commitment to serious presentism, the view that objects can exemplify properties or stand in relations only at times at which they exist. As a result, non-serious presentism is widely thought to be beyond the bounds for the card-carrying presentist in response to the problem of cross-temporal relations. In this paper, I challenge this general consensus by examining one common argument in favor of the t…Read more
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    Book Review (review)
    Philosophia Christi 13 (1): 219-222. 2011.