I primarily work on philosophical skepticism. But behind that work, lies a broader motivating question: what are the foundational norms of rationality and what do they imply? My projects in epistemology, logic, and the history of both of those disciplines all orbit around that broader question. Current research investigates the philosophical lesson, or moral, we ought to draw from the long recalcitrance of skeptical arguments. I am also working on a new account of the rational prohibition against circular reasoning. Some of my more historical work includes studies of the infamous Cartesian Circle and Aristotle’s early contributions to modal logic. More recently, I have become interested in Medical Ethics and reasoning strategies in medicine. I teach Medical Ethics for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the School of Nursing, and I routinely give Critical Thinking seminars at Ochsner Medical Center. I am editor of the “Skepticism” section on the research database philpapers.org. I am also the faculty advisor to Loyola’s chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honors society. Prior to coming to Loyola, I pursued doctoral studies at Saint Louis University under the direction of John Greco. I did an MA on Kant’s theoretical philosophy at Georgia State University. I taught ESL in Santiago, Chile, and I did my BA in philosophy at UNC Wilmington.
- “Against the New Cartesian Circle,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47 (1): 66-74 (coauthored with C.P. Ragland).
- “Love, Justice and Divine Simplicity,” in Love and Justice, edited by Ingolf Dalferth, Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (forthcoming)
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
- Symbolic Logic
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of the Human Person
- Making Moral Decisions
- Medical Ethics
Areas of Expertise
Epistemology, Logic, History of Logic & Epistemology