I successfully defended my PhD thesis, “A structuralist approach to animalism” in July 2021. Prior to that, 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 bioethics).
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). It was supervised by Ellen Clarke, Helen Steward, and Steven French. My examiners were Gregory Radick (internal) and Eric Olson (external).
For the Autumn 2021 semester I will be a lecturer at my alma mater, Hartwick College.
When I’m not doing philosophy I enjoy running, playing, and watching Dungeons and Dragons (is it Thursday, yet?), drinking too much coffee whilst reading and writing fiction, and spending time with my wife and son.