Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Rochester
Ancient Philosophy and Metaphysics, Logic, History of Philosphy
ADM - 259
I completed my B.A. in Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University in 1995 before heading to the University of Rochester for my M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000). In graduate school, my main areas of study were Ancient Greek Philosophy and Metaphysics, though I ended up writing a dissertation on Plato’s moral psychology. Since grad school, I taught for one year at Calvin College ( Grand Rapids, MI) before moving to Oklahoma where I taught for four years at Oklahoma Baptist University. I am now happily situated in Anchorage.
My research interests remain focused on the topics I pursued in graduate school. Several of the papers I have written since then have been connected to my dissertation topic. In the summer of 2004, I attended an NEH summer seminar on Soul and Substance in Aristotle. This has led to some new research interests where I seek to incorporate the Aristotelian hylomorphic framework into the contemporary metaphysical debate about the nature of human persons.
When not philosophizing, I enjoy reading literature, hiking, running, and x-country skiing.
"The Many Challenges of Republic II" Methexis, XXI 2008, 63-80.
"Aristotelian Hylomorphism and Non-Reductive Materialism" Apeiron, vol. XLI no. 3 (September 2008), 153-178.
Aristotle on Life. Ed. Academic Printing and Publishing, 2008.
"The Guarantee of Happiness in the Republic" Philotheos: An International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. Vol 8:2008.
Review of Desire, Identity and Existence, ed. N. Reshotko, Ancient Philosophy, 2006.
Review of Rush Rhees' In Dialogue with the Greeks Vol. 1 and II, Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, 2006.
"Review of John Sellars" The Art of Living. The Stoics on the nature and function of philosophy" Ancient Philosophy,26 (2006).
"Plato's Three Arguments for Justice" Methexis Vol. XVIII, 2005.
"Review of Alan Gouinlock's Eros and the Good" Philosophy in Review, February 2005.
"Virtue and Pleasure in Plato's Laws" Apeiron Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2005.
"Aristotle on Unity and Living Things" San Diego State University Philosophy Colloquium, February 2009.
"Plato on the Unity of the Soul" University of Western Ontario Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, October 2008.
"An Aristotelian Solution to the Problem of the Many" 2nd Annual Summer Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, University of Alaska Anchorage, May 2008.
"Aristotelian Hylomorphism and Non-Reductive Materialism" Fourth International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University, October 2007.
"Aristotelian Hylomorphism and Non-Reductive Materialism" Aristotle on Life Conference, University of Alaska Anchorage, August 2007.
"Reconsidering a Common Conception of the Argument of Republic II-IX" Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Pacific APA, April 2007.
Commented on Philip Corkum, "Aristotle on Mathematical Objects" Pacific APA, April 2007.
“Pleasure and Motivation in the Republic" Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 23rd Annual Meeting, New York City, October 2005.
"Realism, Hedonism and Desire in Plato" society meeting at 2005 Pacific APA.