Research

My current work articulates how Thomas Hobbes could view his politics in the Leviathan as a causal science. My approach views Hobbes as offering a systematic philosophy and connects two thought experiments: the state of nature in his politics and what I call the ‘annihilation of the world’ thought experiment in his first philosophy. My aim is to show that a proper understanding of the state of nature, as well as the role of the laws of nature, must appreciate Hobbes’s more general view of scientific demonstration.

Some of my recently published work has examined Hobbes’s objections to the Meditations, Hobbes’s view of the relationship between mathematics and physics, and Margaret Cavendish’s criticisms of Hobbes’s explanation of visual perception. I maintain interests in Aristotle’s natural philosophy and role morality in bioethics.

An abbreviated version of my CV is available here.

Journal Articles

Visual Perception as Patterning: Cavendish against Hobbes on SensationHistory of Philosophy Quarterly 33 (2016): 193-214.

The Ethics of Organ Tourism: Role Morality and Organ Transplantation, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, forthcoming.

Hobbes on Natural Philosophy as ‘True Physics’ and Mixed MathematicsStudies in History and Philosophy of Science 56 (2016): 43-51. Published Version.

Demarcating Aristotelian Rhetoric: Rhetoric, the Subalternate Sciences, and Boundary Crossing, Apeiron 48 (2015): 99-122. Published Version.

The Wax and the Mechanical Mind: Reexamining Hobbes’s Objections to Descartes’s MeditationsBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (2014): 403-424. Published Version.

Hobbes, Definitions, and Simplest ConceptionsHobbes Studies 27 (2014): 35-60. Published Version.

Explaining the Theory of Mind Deficit in Autism Spectrum DisorderPhilosophical Studies 163 (2013): 233-249. Published Version.

Modularity, Theory of Mind, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, Philosophy of Science 78 (2011): 763-773. Published Version.

Empirical Evidence and the Knowledge-That/Knowledge-How Distinction, Synthese 170 (2009): 97-114. Published Version.

Book Chapters

Descartes on Intuition and Ideas, coauthored with Peter Machamer, in Rational Intuition: Philosophical Roots, Scientific Investigations, Lisa Osbeck and Barbara Held, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 75-89.

Triage Priorities, Ethical Obligations, and Military Physicians, in Physicians at War: The Dual-Loyalties Challenge, Fritz Allhoff, ed. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2008), 215-236.