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).
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 Debate, Hobbes Studies 30 (2017): 83-107. Published Version.
Visual Perception as Patterning: Cavendish against Hobbes on Sensation, History of Philosophy Quarterly 33 (2016): 193-214.
Hobbes on Natural Philosophy as ‘True Physics’ and Mixed Mathematics, Studies 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 Meditations, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (2014): 403-424. Published Version.