University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
California State University Channel Islands
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    In everyday language, we readily attribute experiences to groups. For example, 1 might say, “Spain celebrated winning the European Cup” or “The uncovering of corruption caused the union to think long and hard about its internal structure.” In each case, the attribution makes sense. However, it is quite difficult to give a nonreductive account of precisely what these statements mean because in each case a mental state is ascribed to a group, and it is not obvious that groups can have mental state…Read more
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    In recent years, some simulation theorists have claimed that the discovery of mirror neurons provides empirical support for the position that mind reading is, at some basic level, simulation. The purpose of this essay is to question that claim. I begin by providing brief context for the current mind reading debate and then developing an influential simulationist account of mind reading. I then draw on the works of Edmund Husserl and Edith Stein to develop an alternative, phenomenological account…Read more
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    REVIEW: Phenomenology of Sociality (review)
    Husserl Studies 32 (3): 271-278. 2016.
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    From Nature to Spirit: Husserl's Phenomenology of the Person in Ideen II
    Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy 5 (1): 4-22. 2014.
    In this article, I explicate Husserl’s phenomenology of the person as found in Ideen II by examining the most important aspects of persons in this work. In the first section, I explicate the concept of the surrounding world (Umwelt) with special attention to the difference between the different attitudes (Einstellungen) that help determine the sense of constituted objects of experience. In the second section, I investigate Husserl’s description of the person as a founded, higher order, spiritual…Read more
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    Divide and Conquer: An Exposition of Longeran's Two-Fold Approach to Evil
    In Shilinka Smith & Shona Hill (eds.), Against Doing Nothing: Evil and its Manifestations, Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. 91-102. 2010.
    I examine Bernard Lonergan's approach to the problem of evil. I look to determine whether his solution, which is based on the conjugate forms of faith, hope, and charity, and culminates in a heuristic where forgiveness plays an essential role in moving beyond the problem of evil is adequate. I examine the distinction between basic sin, moral evil, and physical evil as well as his claim that from the viewpoint of the unrestricted act of understanding the non-systematic vanishes.
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    This article introduces the first English translation of one of Tanabe’s early essays on metaphysics. It questions the relation of the universal to the particular in context of logic, phenomenology, Neo-Kantian epistemology, and classical metaphysics. Tanabe provides his reflections on the nature of the concept of universality and its constitutive relation to phenomenal particulars through critical analyses of the issue as it is discussed across various schools of philosophy including: British E…Read more
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    It is commonplace to speak of social groups as if they were capable of the same sorts of activities as individuals. We say, “Germany won the World Cup”; “The United States invaded Iraq”; and “The world mourned the passing of Nelson Mandela”. In so doing, we attribute agency, belief, and emotional states to groups themselves. In recent years, much literature devoted to analyzing such statements and their implications has emerged. Within this literature, the issue of “intentionalism,” whether indi…Read more
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    REVIEW: Being Reconfigured by Ian Leask (review)
    Bibliographia 1. 2013.
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    The Nature of Emotions
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 27 (1): 103-106. 2019.
    Volume 27, Issue 1, February 2019, Page 103-106.
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    Engaging Communities Through Uncertainty: Exploring the Role of Local Governance as a Way of Facilitating Postnormal Polylogues
    with Liam Mayo, Caroline Osborne, and Marcus Bussey
    Tandf: World Futures 1-21. forthcoming.