Research areas: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Action, Philosophy of Religion
My main areas of interest are in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, action theory and philosophy of religion. I am especially interested in questions that lie at the intersection of all these fields, particularly the many and varied questions concerning the nature of free will and the metaphysics of human agency.
I am currently attempting to resolve several outstanding problems for causal indeterminist theories of libertarian freedom, by adopting and applying recent work in the philosophy of mind to the most formidable objections to causal indeterminism. My hope is that this work will be applicable to some of the “problems of free will” that arise in a specifically theistic setting as well.
3423 Ancient and Medieval Religious Philosophy
3433 Modern Philosophy of Religion
3443 Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
3503 Self and Identity
6593 Contemporary Philosophy (Free Will)
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“Meticulous Providence and Gratuitous Evil,” Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, forthcoming. (draft .docx)
“Bringing Things About,” in Allan Hazlett, ed. New Waves in Metaphysics, Palgrave Macmillan (2010). (draft .docx)
“Sanctification, Satisfaction, and the Purpose of Purgatory,” Faith and Philosophy 26 (2009), pp. 167-185.
“Descartes’s Revenge Part II: The Supervenience Argument Strikes Back,” in Robert Koons and George Bealer, eds., The Waning of Materialism, Oxford University Press (2009). (.doc)
“Why ‘Non-mental’ Won’t Work: On Hempel’s Dilemma and the Characterization of the ‘Physical’,” Philosophical Studies 104 (2008), pp. 299-318. (.pdf)
“Theological Determinism and the Problem of Evil,” Religious Studies 44 (2008), pp. 165-184. (.pdf)
“Reasons-Responsive Compatibilism and the Consequences of Belief,” The Journal of Ethics 11 (2007), pp. 357-375.
Work in progress:
“Redemptive Suffering and the Problem of Evil.”
“Control, Origination, and Causal Indeterminism.”