Associate Professor, Philosophy
As a teacher, I seek to help students identify and develop their own questions as well as the skills and habits of mind to effectively pursue the answers. One of these skills I call “cooperative engagement” which is a form of communication that has at its heart a shared effort to learn, understand, figure out or decide something. To see the value of this form of communication is to recognize that knowledge and understanding are social, and that it is to our benefit to seek cooperative engagement and to foster it among others.
Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests
I have three broad areas of academic interest: 17th and 18th century European philosophy, particularly the work of Baruch Spinoza, the Philosophy of Religion broadly construed, and applied epistemology and the ethics of information.