Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Faculty in Cinema
The University of Mississippi
My research is primarily in early modern metaphysics. My dissertation was on Hume and his British context, but I also have interests in the continental rationalists and the interplay between commitments in philosophical methodology and metaphysics. My primary research project examines theories of demonstration, which are often implicit and assumed, in early modern British philosophy through Hume. This includes a cluster of articles about the standards for demonstration in Hume, how understanding his complaints about demonstrations helps us appreciate difficult or dismissed passages in Hume, and the nature of adequate ideas and their role in demonstrative reasoning from Boyle to Hume. I also write about early modern metaphysics and methodology, especially relating to the principle of sufficient reason in Clarke, Leibniz, and Spinoza.
I am interested in metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of film. Some of my work falls at the intersection of cinema studies and philosophy, including forthcoming essays on Buster Keaton and on teaching the good life through cinephillia.
Clarke Against Spinoza on the Manifest Diversity of the World, British Journal of the History of Philosophy 22.2 (2014).
Samuel Clarke, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Uri Nodelman. (Co-authored with Ezio Vailati.) [Substantial revisions: 2009, 2014.]
Hume, Christian Theology and the Modern Philosophers, ed. Greg Ganssle and Ben Arbour. [forthcoming]
Review: Peter R. Anstey (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Cinephilia and Philosophia: Or Why I Don't Show The Matrix in Philosophy 101, Cinephilia and Teaching, eds. Rashna Richards and David T. Johnson. (revisions due June, 2014)
Buster Keaton and the Puzzle of Love, Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume 3, eds. Kenneth R. Morefield and Nicholas Olson. (due June, 2014)
The Adequacy Criterion, Infinite Ideas, and Hume's Theory of Space
Against the Certainty of the Causal Maxim: An Analysis of Treatise 1.3.3
Adequate Ideas in Early Modern British Philosophy
A Modular Approach to Teaching Early Modern Philosophy
Is Team Loyalty a Virtue?
I have taught introductory, upper-level, and graduate courses on a variety of topics in philosophy, including ethics, philosophy of religion, American philosophy, and the history of philosophy. I have taught upper-level and graduate courses on the history of early modern philosophy, Hume, Kant, the metaphysics of space, philosophy of film, ethical theory, the history of analytic philosophy, and business ethics. In the spring of 2015, I will be co-teaching a course for the honors college on New York City in Film.
I was a fellow at the Yale Teaching Center, which is dedicated to promoting excellent teaching by graduate students. I have led workshops on Teaching Texts in the Humanities, Course Design, Diversity in the Classroom, and more.
The Mod Squad [a group blog in early modern philosophy]
Khan Academy: Wi-Phi [videos introducing a general audience to philosophy]
Inessentials [a personal blog]
Letterboxd [capsule-length film reviews]
Academia.edu [academic network]
Twitter [conversations about film, television, philosophy, teaching]
Professional and Institutional Associations
Philosophy at the University of Mississippi
Cinema at the University of Mississippi
American Philosophical Association
Society for Modern Philosophy
The Hume Society
Society of Christian Philosophers
Society for the Philosophical Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts