I am interested in the empirical study of the mind and the metaphysical nature of our world that allows for the fruitful empirical study of the mind. As a result, my research focuses both on theoretical ideas in cognitive science (concept acquisition, mental content, mental representation, models of human cognitive processing) and in the metaphysics of science (laws of nature, properties, relations of fundamental physics to other sciences). I'm also deeply interested in philosophical method itself, in particular, to what extent and in what way philosophers can generate knowledge independent of the scientific enterprise.
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language
PHIL 1400 - Philosophy and the Sciences
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021
Considers philosophical topics and concepts related to the natural sciences, such as the following: science and pseudo-science; scientific method; the nature of explanation, theory, confirmation, and falsification; the effect of science on basic concepts like mind, freedom, time, and causality; ethics of experimentation; and the relation of science to society.
PHIL 2440 - Symbolic Logic
Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
Introduces students to sentential logic, the logic of quantification and some of the basic concepts and results of metalogic (interpretations, validity and soundness).