I’m currently a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. I received my master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Kansas in 2016. My MA thesis was entitled “Organisms and the extended self: a re-evaluation” and was supervised by Armin Schulz. I received my bachelor’s degree in philosophy (with a minor in cognitive science) from Hartwick College in 2014.

My main areas of research concern the philosophy of science (esp. biology), metaphysics (esp. personal identity), and death. I’m also interested in philosophy of mind and cognition, and ethics (esp. medical ethics and bio-ethics).

My PhD thesis is on animalism (i.e. the view that we are numerically identical to human animals rather than, say, “Lockean persons” or “souls”). In particular, I am applying an eliminativist version of Ontic Structural Realism to metaphysical problems surrounding biological individuality. I then demonstrate how approaching biological individuality in this way can help solve problems that arise in animalist conceptions of identity. As such, I am promoting a naturalised version of animalism that is grounded in biology and the philosophy of biology (or, more generally, in science/philosophy of science).

My thesis is supervised by Ellen Clarke, Helen Steward, and Steven French.

E-mail: pragc@leeds.ac.uk