Purdue University
Department of Philosophy
PhD
West Hill, Alabama, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
History of Western Philosophy
Areas of Interest
History of Western Philosophy
  • Duns Scotus on the Nature of Justice
    with Tully Borland
    Studia Neoaristotelica 16 (2): 275-305. 2019.
    Duns Scotus has a remarkably unique and comprehensive theory concerning the nature of justice. Alas, commentators on his work have yet to full flesh out the details. Here, we begin the process of doing so, focusing primarily on his metaethical views on justice, i.e., what justice is or amounts to. While Scotus’s most detailed account of justice can be found in his Ordinatio, we find further specifics emerging in a number of other contexts and works. We argue that Scotus offers a unique contribut…Read more
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    Duns Scotus on the metaphysics of virtue and conformity to right reason
    with Tully Borland
    South African Journal of Philosophy 37 (3): 284-301. 2018.
  • Leibniz on the iImago Dei
    In Daniel Garber & Steven Nadler (eds.), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume V, Oxford University Press. 2010.
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    Scotus and God’s Arbitrary Will
    with Tully Borland
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91 (3): 399-429. 2017.
    Most agree that Scotus is a voluntarist of some kind. In this paper we argue against recent interpretations of Scotus’s ethics according to which the norms concerning human actions are largely, if not wholly, the arbitrary products of God’s will. On our reading, the Scotistic variety of voluntarism on offer is much more nuanced. Key to our interpretation is keeping distinct what is too often conflated: the reasons why Scotus maintains that the laws of the Second Table of the Decalogue are contin…Read more
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    Substantial Simplicity in Leibniz
    Review of Metaphysics 63 (1): 91-138. 2009.
    This article attempts to determine how Leibniz might safeguard the simplicity of an individual substance (singular) while also retaining the view that causal powers (plural) are constitutive of said individual substance. I shall argue that causal powers are not to be understood as veritable parts of a substance in so far as such an account would render substances as unnecessarily complex. Instead, my proposal is that sense can be made of Leibniz’s metaphysical picture by appeal to truthmakers. I…Read more
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    Leibniz and the Imitation of God
    with Tully Borland
    Philosophy and Theology 23 (1): 3-27. 2011.
    The primary goal of this essay is to demonstrate that Leibniz’s objections to theological voluntarism are tightly connected to his overarching metaphysical system; a secondary goal is to show that his objections are not without some merit. Leibniz, it is argued, holds to strong versions of the imago dei doctrine, i.e., creatures are made in the image of God, and imitatio dei doctrine, i.e., creatures ought to imitate God. Consequently, God and creatures must possess similar structures of moral p…Read more
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    Faulkner the Stoic: Honor, Evil, and the Snopeses in the Snopes Trilogy
    Philosophy and Literature 39 (1A): 260-279. 2015.
    According to the stoic philosopher Chrysippus, we are to imagine our lives by analogy to a dog that is tied to a cart. It is not up to the dog whether or not he is so tied, just as it is not up to us what our external circumstances happen to be. However, it is up to the dog whether he willingly runs along behind the cart or is unwillingly dragged, just as it is up to us to decide the attitude or disposition we take to those events that occur in our life. To wit, a person who is dragged along by …Read more
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    Leibniz was a Lutheran. Yet, upon consideration of certain aspects of his philosophical theology, one might suspect that he was a Lutheran more in name than in intellectual practice. Clearly Leibniz was influenced by the Catholic tradition; this is beyond doubt. However, the extent to which Leibniz was influenced by his own Lutheran tradition—indeed, by Martin Luther himself—has yet to be satisfactorily explored. In this essay, the views of Luther and Leibniz on the non-cognitive component of fa…Read more
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    Leibniz and the Imitation of God: A Criticism of Voluntarism
    with Tully Borland
    Philosophy and Theology 23 (1): 3-27. 2011.
    The primary goal of this essay is to demonstrate that Leibniz’s objections to theological voluntarism are tightly connected to his overarching metaphysical system; a secondary goal is to show that his objections are not without some merit. Leibniz, it is argued, holds to strong versions of the imago dei doctrine, i.e., creatures are made in the image of God, and imitatio dei doctrine, i.e., creatures ought to imitate God. Consequently, God and creatures must possess similar structures of moral p…Read more