My areas of philosophical interest include metaphysics and epistemology, the history of analytic philosophy, and classical Indian philosophy. I am the co-author, with Cory Juhl, of Analyticity (Routledge, 2010), and have authored a few papers on various topics, mostly concerning Wittgenstein, Carnap, and Quine.

Analyticity is a historical overview of the issue of analytic truth that also brings the reader up to, and into, some of the contemporary issues surrounding analyticity and related notions. In the final chapter Cory Juhl and I defend a notion closely akin to analytic truth. We argue that our notion is both coherent and philosophically relevant, and that it withstands many classical -- principally Quinean -- objections to analytic truth. I also think something like the notion of analytic truth that we define is present in natural languages, although this latter claim is not essential to our position.

On the right I’ve posted samples of a few of my publications. The first is a paper of mine on the Tractatus that I think offers partial solutions to several issues involving compound propositions, the “N” operator, and general propositions. This paper appeared in Theoria. The second is an older paper critically discussing Saul Kripke’s use of Wittgenstein’s meter bar example. It appeared in Synthese.  The third sample is an attempt to develop an account of Wittgenstein’s notion of criteria that was originally sketched by John Canfield. This appeared in a volume entitled Perspicuous Presentations, edited by Daniele Moyal-Sharrock.

I know these papers all have their problems, but I guess I still stand by the central claims in all of them. Feel free to email me with comments or corrections.

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University of South Alabama


Sample Papers

Logical Form and Propositional Function in the Tractatus

Necessity, the A Priori, and the Standard Meter

Criteria and Defeasibility: When Good Evidence is not Good Enough


These samples are from past semesters and are intended to give prospective students an idea of what my courses are like. Current students of mine please use whatever version I gave you. 

Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Ethics (web-course version)
Social Ethics (Web-Hybrid)
Philosophy of Science
Symbolic Logic
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Anglo-Analytic Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy
Indian Philosophy
Mathematical Logic