William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate Professor in Philosophy
I’m a philosopher by training (Yale) and trade (Notre Dame). The main purpose of this site is to provide an easy way to disseminate my work. Comments are welcomed, so long as they don’t begin with insults. (Save those for your conclusion.) Under research, you’ll find information about my larger projects and research interests. You can also download my CV directly from the link above.
When not working or spending time with my wife and two daughters, I enjoy reading, cheering on the Mets (generally a dismal affair), retro gaming, listening to Springsteen and swinging kettlebells and tennis racquets. Happily, many of these activities are doable year-round in South Bend, but I still enjoy getting back down to sunny Florida, where I grew up, as often as I can.
"Spinozistic Selves" is now forthcoming!
This new paper explores Spinoza's account of agency, persons, and moral improvement. Fun stuff, though not for the faint of heart, as it gets pretty wild by the end. But I met John Heil's "footnote free" challenge, plus I snuck in a curse word and references to 80s wrestling stars. Surely this is the first time Spinoza and the Macho Man are discussed in the same paper! Truly a landmark day for philosophy.
You can read a pre-print version of it here.
Reconceiving Spinoza is now out!
You can find it on Amazon here and here, and on the Oxford University Press site here, You can read part of the introduction here. It has been thoughtfully reviewed in various places, including Mind, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and Journal of the History of Philosophy.
I will also be part of upcoming book discussions in Paris (ENS, June 2019), Philadelphia (Eastern APA, Jan 2020), and Chicago (Central APA, Feb 2020). Stop by and raise an objection!
Here is a pretty spontaneous interview I gave on the relationship between hope and faith during our big Hope Festival in Los Angeles. You might think I was secretly auditioning to be a hand model, as I keep flashing those puppies throughout. But my daughters like to point out that this is how I actually converse in general, hands a-flyin. Ah, children. Always keeping us humble.