Arizona State University
Philosophy - School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
PhD, 2010
Tempe, Arizona, United States of America
  •  4351
    An Argument against Athletes as Political Role Models
    FairPlay, Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law 10. 2017.
    A common refrain in and outside academia is that prominent sports figures ought to engage more in the public discourse about political issues. This idea parallels the idea that athletes ought to be role models in general. This paper first examines and critiques the “athlete as role model” argument and then applies this critique to the “athlete as political activist” argument. Appealing to the empirical political psychological literature, the paper sketches an argument that athlete activism might…Read more
  •  733
    Harry Potter and Humanity: Choices, Love, and Death
    Reason Papers 34 (1): 33-41. 2012.
    In this article, I analyze how the Harry Potter novels bring to awareness two fundamental aspects of the human condition: the importance of one’s choices and the inevitability of one’s mortality. These are highlighted through the contrast of the characters of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.
  •  108
    Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (edited book)
    with David Baggett and William Irwin
    Open Court. 2004.
    Urging readers of the Harry Potter series to dig deeper than wizards, boggarts, and dementors, the authors of this unique guide collect the musings of seventeen ...
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    Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those Who Think Different
    Open Court Publishing Company. 2015.
    In Steve Jobs and Philosophy, sixteen philosophers take a close look at the inspiring yet often baffling world of Steve Jobs. What can we learn about business ethics from the example of Jobs? What are the major virtues of a creative innovator? How could Jobs successfully defy and challenge conventional business practices? How did Jobs combine values and attitudes previously believed to be unmixable? What does it really mean to “think different”? Can entrepreneurs be made or are they just born? I…Read more
  •  26
    Defining Sport: Conceptions and Borderlines (edited book)
    with Chad Carlson, Francisco Javier López Frías, Kevin Schieman, Heather L. Reid, John McClelland, Keith Strudler, Pam R. Sailors, Sarah Teetzel, Charlene Weaving, Chrysostomos Giannoulakis, Lindsay Pursglove, Brian Glenney, Teresa González Aja, Joan Grassbaugh Forry, Brody J. Ruihley, Andrew Billings, Coral Rae, and Joey Gawrysiak
    Lexington Books. 2016.
    This book examines influential conceptions of sport and then analyses the interplay of challenging borderline cases with the standard definitions of sport. It is meant to inspire more thought and debate on just what sport is, how it relates to other activities and human endeavors, and what we can learn about ourselves by studying sport.
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    The value of play and the good human life
    Cultura. CCD 13 (38): 119-125. 2018.
    The dominant conception of play in philosophy of sport is that it is autotelic. This conception is the subject of important criticisms by Stephen Schmid and others. With these criticisms in mind, my paper seeks to move the discussion of play beyond the apparent dichotomy of autotelicity and instrumentality. Drawing a parallel to the role virtue and friendship have in a broadly construed (neo-)Aristotelian ethic, I argue that play is an important part of the good human life. Like virtue and frien…Read more
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    Classical Liberalism is a view that the only justifiable restraints on the actions and choices of individuals in political orders are ones necessary to preserve individual liberty. Central to this view of liberty is the individual being left free from coercive interference from other individuals and society as a whole. This view presumes the idea that the individual is, firstly, able to choose his ends and actions, and secondly, that the individual is the best judge of these. Thus, the individua…Read more
  •  11
    A review of William J. Morgan's Sport and Moral Conflict: A Conventionalist Theory
  •  5
    An in-depth look at the make-up of the participants of fantasy sport (review)
    Nordic Sports Science Forum 1. 2014.
    A review of The Fantasy Sport Industry: Games within Games (Routledge).
  •  5
    A review of Sport, Ethics and Leadership (Routledge)
  •  4
    The Sum Less Than the Parts (review)
    Nordic Sports Science Forum 1. 2017.
    A review of The Ethics of Sport (Oxford).