Research

My interests focus on the early modern history of philosophy. My immediate research involves George Berkeley’s metaphysics and philosophy of language. Particularly, I hone in on his rejections, appropriations, and reactions to medieval metaphysics.

With respect to contemporary issues, I am interested in metaphysics at the intersection of ethics, including (especially) ontology in biomedical ethics. I am fascinated by the recent developments in genetic therapies and transhumanism.

Publications

  • “Human-Nonhuman Chimeras, Ontology, and Dignity: A Constructivist Approach to the Ethics of Conducting Research on Cross-Species Hybrids” Hilltop Review: A Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Student Research 9 (1): 49-62. 2016.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Trinity and the Vindication of Christian Paradox, The: An Interpretation and Refinement of the Theological Apologetic of Cornelius Van Til, by BA. Bosserman, Theological Book Review (Liverpool Hope University), Vol. 27 No.1, 2016.

Presentations

  • “Berkeley’s Concrete General Ideas and the Problem of Universals,” at 24th Annual Waterloo Philosophy Grad. Conf. (University of Waterloo) — Mar 9-10, 2017
  • “Berkeley’s Concrete General Ideas and the Problem of Universals,” at North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference (UNC, Wilmington) — Feb 24-25, 2017
  • “Berkeley’s Non-Abstract General Ideas and the Problem of Universals,” for Brown Bag Colloquium (Western Michigan University) — Nov 18, 2016
  • “Human-nonhuman Chimeras, Ontology, and Dignity: a constructivist approach to the ethics of conducting research on cross-species hybrids”at Sixth Annual Medical Humanities Conf. (Western Michigan University) — Sept 15-16, 2016
  • “Conditions of Fundamental Metaphysics: A Critique of Jorge Gracia’s Proposal” at Graduate Philosophy Conference (University of Iowa) — Apr 8, 2016
  • “Conditions of Fundamental Metaphysics: A Critique of Jorge Gracia’s Proposal,” at 12th Annual Essays of Significance: A Graduate Philosophy Conference (University of Windsor) — Mar 12, 2016