My primary research focus is the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. My past work has examined topics such as the following: the laws of nature in Leviathan and their connection to geometrical definitions; Margaret Cavendish’s criticisms of Hobbes’s explanation of visual perception; the debate between Hobbes and Robert Boyle concerning experimentation and scientific knowledge; Hobbes’s objections to Descartes’s Meditations; and Hobbes’s view of the relationship between mathematics and physics.

I am currently working on Hobbes’s view of universality and language and on Cavendish’s account of motion and rest.

I also have research interests in the following topics in bioethics: the nature of physician obligations, issues surrounding organ transplantation, and informed consent.

An abbreviated version of my CV is available here (June 2018).

Selected Papers

Hobbes’s Laws of Nature in Leviathan as a Synthetic Demonstration: Thought Experiments and Knowing the Causes, Philosophers’ Imprint, forthcoming.

Natural Philosophy, Deduction, and Geometry in the Hobbes-Boyle DebateHobbes Studies 30 (2017): 83-107. Published Version.

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

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.