Curriculum Vita

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Phenomenology

AREAS OF COMPETENCE:

  • Applied Ethics, 19th- and 20th-century French and German Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Science, Wittgenstein, Kant, Ancient Philosophy, Logic

EDUCATION:

PhD in Philosophy, August, 2002; University of California, Riverside

MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, October, 2003 (with distinction); The London School of Economics and Political Science

MA in Philosophy, March, 1999; University of California, Riverside

BA in Philosophy, August, 1997 (summa cum laude); The College of William and Mary

PUBLICATIONS:

Monographs:

  • Heidegger: An Introduction, Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.
  • Understanding Torture, Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
  • The Ethics of Torture, (co-authored with R. D. Emerick), Continuum Press, 2009
  • The Politics of Agency: Toward a Pragmatic Approach to Philosophical Anthropology, Ashgate Publishing, 2008.
  • Wittgenstein and Ethical Inquiry: A Defense of Ethics as Clarification, Continuum Studies in Philosophy, Continuum Press, 2007.

Edited Volumes:

  • Ethics and Phenomenology (co-edited with Mark Sanders), Lexington Press (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield), 2012.

Articles:

  1. “In Defense of a Principled Absolutism against Torture: A Reply to Fritz Allhoff’s Torture, Terrorism, and Ticking Bombs,Philosophy Today, Vol 57, No 1, 2013 (forthcoming).
  2. “The Self that Recedes: A Phenomenology of Virtue” in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics, edited by Kevin Hermberg and Paul Gyllenhammer, (New York and London:  Continuum Press, forthcoming).
  3.  “The Obligation of Sympathy in Medical Ethics,” Journal of Medical Humanities, (forthcoming).
  4. “The Moral Relevance of Literature and the Limits of Argument: Lessons from Heidegger, Aristotle, and Coetzee,” in Fictional Characters, Real Problems: Essays on the Ethical Content of Literature, edited by Garry Hagberg, (forthcoming).
  5. “The Varieties of Addictive Experience,” in Acknowledging Powerlessness: Philosophers Reflect on 12 Step Spirituality, edited by Jerome Miller and Nick Plants, forthcoming.
  6.  “Cannibalism”, Encyclopedia of Food and Agriculture Ethics, Springer, 2012.
  7. “Perceiving Sympathetically: Moral Perception, Embodiment, and Medical Ethics,” APA Newsletter on Medicine and Philosophy, Volume 12, Number 1, 2012.
  8. “The Weakness of the Pro-Torture Position,” Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives, Vol. 3, August, 2012 [invited].
  9. “Heidegger’s Aristotelian Ethics,” in Ethics and Phenomenology, edited by Mark Sanders and J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Lexington Press (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield), 2012.
  10.  “Ethical Theory and the Torture Debate,” Dialogue: A Journal of Religion and Philosophy, Issue 34, 2010. [invited article aimed at undergraduate and graduate audience]
  11.  “Hearing the Still-Ticking-Bomb: A Reply,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 26, Number 2, 2009.
  12.  “What we owe the dead,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 26, Number 1, 2009.
  13. “Ergon and Logistikon in Republic,Polis: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, Volume 25, No. 2, 2008.
  14. “The Case for Anti-Antirealism: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Aristotle on Language and Essence,” Philosophical Frontiers, 3.2, 2008.
  15. “Mourning my future death: Finitude, Love, and Self-Deception,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 15:2, 2008. [invited]
  16. “It’s about Time: Defusing the Ticking Bomb Argument,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 22:1, 2008.
  17.  “Unwarranted Torture Warrants: A Critique of the Dershowitz Proposal,” Journal of Social Philosophy, Volume 39, Issue 2, 2008.
  18. “When the Dead Do Not Consent: The Ethics of Non-Consensual Organ Use,” Public Affairs Quarterly, Volume 22, Number 3, July 2008.
  19. “Failures of Sight: An Argument for Moral Perception,” American Philosophical Quarterly (co-authored with Henry Jacoby), 44:3, July 2007.
  20. “Murder, Cannibalism, and Indirect Suicide: A Philosophical Study of a Recent Case,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 14:1, Spring, 2007.
  21. “Expressibility and Truthmaker Maximalism: A Problem,” Organon F, XIV, 2007.
  22. “Strong Evaluations, Criticism, and Agency” Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 40, Number 1, March, 2006.
  23. “The Relevance of Rules to a Critical Social Science,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Volume 35, No. 4, 2005.
  24. “Is the Immortal Life Worth Living?” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Volume 58, Number 1, 2005.
  25. “Rules and Realism: Remarks on the Poverty of Brute Facts,” Sorites, Vol. 16, December, 2005.
  26. “A Defense of Cannibalism,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 18:3, July, 2004.
  27. “An Antirealist Essentialism?” Philosophical Writings, Issue 23, Summer, 2003.
  28. “Five Forms of Philosophical Therapy,” Philosophy Today, Volume 43, Issue 1, Spring, 2003.
  29. “Revolutions without Reasons: Foucault’s Ironic Ethics,” premiere issue, Review Journal of Political Philosophy, Volume 1, No. 1, 2003.
  30.  “Assertions, Clarifications, and Recommendations: Theories of Agency in a Wittgensteinian Key,” American Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 39, Number 2, April 2002.
  31.  “Foucault and Public Autonomy,” Continental Philosophy Review (formerly Man and World), Vol. 33, No. 4, October 2000.

Book Reviews:

  1. Review of Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, in Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 11, No. 41, October 9, 2007.
  2. Review of The Bioethics Reader: Editors’ Choice, Blackwell Publishing, in Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 6, 2008
  3. Review of Oath Betrayed, Steven Miles, Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 6, February 5, 2008
  4. Review of Mirko Bagaric and Julie Clarke, Torture: When the Unthinkable is Morally Permissible, Human Rights Quarterly, May 2008.
  5. Review of Amy Allen, The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory, Columbia University Press, 2008, 230pp in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May, 2008.
  6. Review of Almerido E. Ojeda, editor, The Trauma of Psychological Torture, Praeger Publishers, 2008, Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 32, August 5th, 2008.
  7. Review of Richard Matthews, The Absolute Prohibition: Why Torture Must Be Prohibited, McGill/Queen’s University Press, 2008, in Philosophy in Review, Volume 29, Number 2, April 2009.
  8. Review of Steven Luper, The Philosophy of Death, Cambridge University Press, 2009, Metapsychology: Online Reviews, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 5, 2010.
  9. Review of Michael Bowler, Heidegger and Aristotle: Philosophy as Praxis, Continuum, 2008, in Philosophy in Review, Vol 30, No 1, 2010.
  10. Review of Andrew Haas, The Irony of Heidegger, Continuum, 2007, in Philosophy in Review, Vol 30, No 2, 2010.
  11. Review of Mark Johnston, Surviving Death, Princeton, 2010, in Philosophy in Review 2011.
  12. Review of Michael Skerker, The Ethics of Interrogation, University of Chicago Press, 2010, in Ethics, 2011.
  13. Review of Kelly Jolly (editor), Wittgenstein: Key Concepts, Acumen Press, 20xx, xxpp in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, 2011
  14. Review of Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrusel, Blindspots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It, Princeton University Press, Philosophy in Review, 32.1, 2012.
  15. Review of Pavlos Kontos, Aristotle’s Moral Realism Reconsidered: Phenomenological Ethics, Routledge, 2011; Philosophy in Review  (2012).
  16. Review of F.M. Kamm, Ethics for Enemies, Oxford, 2012, Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming)

Popular Philosophy

Books

  • Family Guy and Philosophy (edited), Blackwell Publishing, 2007. (translated into Chinese)
  • The Office and Philosophy (edited), Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
  • X-Men and Philosophy (edited, with Rebecca Housel), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009. (translated into Portugese)
  • Twilight and Philosophy (edited, with Rebecca Housel), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009. (translated into French, Italian, German, Portugese, Russian, Chinese, Polish)
  • 30 Rock and Philosophy (edited), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2010.
  • Arrested Development and Philosophy (edited, with Kristopher Phillips), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2012. 

Chapters in Popular Anthologies

  1. “The Phenomenology of Becoming a Runner” in Running and Philosophy, edited by Mike Austin, Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
  2. “The Metal Militia and the Existentialist’s Club” in Metallica and Philosophy, edited by William Irwin, Blackwell Publishing, 2007. (Translated into German, 2008. “Die Metal-Miliz und die Existenzialistenclub” in Die Philosophie Bei Metallica)
  3. “Killing the Griffins: A Murderous Exposition of Postmodernism” in Family Guy and Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2007. [Reprinted in Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, from Hume to House, edited by William Irwin and Kyle Johnson, Blackwell, 2010.]
  4. “The Other Children: The Importance of Meg and Chris,” (written under the pseudonym ‘P. Sue Dohnimm’) in Family Guy and Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
  5. “Nails and Screws: Paper Tigers and Moral Monsters in The Office” in The Office and Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
  6. “Michael Scott is Going to Die” (co-authored with Meg Lonergan) in The Office and Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
  7. “Mutant Phenomenology” in X-Men and Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2009.
  8. “Undead Patriarchy and the Possibility of Love” (with Leah McClimans) in Twilight and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  9. “Race at the Rock: Race Cards, White Myths, and Post-racial America” in 30 Rock and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  10. “Getting Gay at the Rock” in 30 Rock and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  11. “Being Kenneth” (written under the pseudonym ‘P. Sue Dohnimm’) in 30 Rock and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  12. “What Whitey isn’t Ready to Hear: Social Identity in Arrested Development” in Arrested Development and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Editor-in-Chief, Review Journal of Political Philosophy, April, 2003-Present (beginning with Volume 2)
  • Co-Organized the 15th Annual Conference for the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, held July 6-10, 2008, Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado.
  • Co-Organized the 16th Annual Conference for the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, held July 18-23, 2009, Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Hartwick College, New York.
  • External Reviewer (Journals): Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Theoria, Human Rights Review, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Borderlands
  • External Reviewer (Presses): Routledge, Blackwell, Johns Hopkins University Press, Columbia University Press, McGraw-Hill, Broadview Press, Prentice Hall, Polity Press, and Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Organizer of Group Meetings at the Pacific Division APA, 2006-2008, Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World
  • Member, American Philosophical Association
  • Member, Society for Realist/Antirealist Discussion.
  • Member, Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World

SERVICE TO COLLEGE COMMUNITY:

  • Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies (beginning 2009)
  • Member, Tenure Task Force (2009-2012)
  • Member, First-Year Seminar, Cohort I, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant (2008-2011)
  • Chair, Committee on Academic Standards (2007-2009)
  • Working Group on Middle States Re-Accreditation (Fall, 2007)
  • Enrollment Management Task Force (2006-2007)
  • Initiator and Organizer of “The Weekly Roundtable,” an interdisciplinary discussion                                                            forum led by faculty and students from various disciplines (Fall 2006-2010)

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  1. “The Moral Body”, 35th Annual Wittgenstein Symposium: Ethics – Society – Politics, invited paper, Austria, 2012.
  2. “The Case for Moral Perception,” 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2012. Unicoi State Park, Georgia.
  3. “Moral Perception, Embodiment, and Medical Ethics,” presented paper, Eastern APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Dec. 28, 2011.
  4. “A (Partial) Defense of Moral Perception,” 18th Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2011. Oregon State Universoty, Corvalis, Oregon.
  5. “The Case for Moral Perception,” Marist College, invited paper, April 29, 2011.
  6. “Philosophy as Experiential Education,” American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, March, 2011.
  7. “The Virtual Dead: Reflections on Technology, Death, and the Dead, ” presented paper, Eastern APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 2010.
  8. “Heidegger’s Appropriation of Aristotle’s Ethics,” SUCO, Ancient Studies Group, October 12, 2010.
  9. “Teaching Animal Welfare through Literature,” Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Union College, October, 2010.
  10. “The Moral Relevance of Literature and the Limits of Argument: Lessons from Heidegger, Aristotle, and Coetzee,” presented paper, 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2010.
  11. “The Texture of Moral Dilemmas: Comments on Cholbi’s ‘Kant on Moral Dilemmas’,” commentator, APA Pacific Division, April, 2010.
  12. “Teaching Animal Rights through Literature, Film, and Propaganda,” invited talk, Young Harris College, February, 2010.
  13. “Moral Phenomenology: Some Lessons from Heidegger and Aristotle,” invited paper, University of West Georgia, February 2010.
  14. “Some Remarks on Fritz Allhoff’s Rejection of Absolutism in the Torture Debate,” invited paper, Workshop on Terrorism, Ticking-Bombs, and Torture, Western Michigan University, February, 2010.
  15. “Heidegger’s Aristotelian Ethics,” presented paper, Eastern APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 2009.
  16. “Racism and Sexism as Weapons in the Defense of Torture: A Cautionary Note,” presented with the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2009.
  17. “Human Rights and Linguistic Subterfuge in the Bush League,” invited paper, Ideas that Matter Series, Oregon State University, Feb 2009.
  18. “It’s about Time: Defusing the Ticking-Bomb,” Athens Institute Philosophy Conference, June, 2008, Athens, Greece.
  19. “It’s about Time: Defusing the Ticking-Bomb” presented at the Pacific APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 2008.
  20. “The Morality of Torture: Ticking Bombs, Good Intentions, and Autonomy,” Hartwick Faculty Lecture Series, May 2008.
  21. “Defusing the Ticking-Bomb,” invited paper, University of Colorado, Denver, February 2008.
  22. “Violence, Terrorism, and Corporate Colonialism” presented with the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2007. Mexico.
  23. “Owing the Dead,” presented as part of a conference on Death & Dying, Oxford University, July 9-12, 2007.
  24. “Phenomenology and Moral Realism,” presented at the Pacific APA meeting of the Society for Realist/Antirealist Discussion, 2007.
  25. “Ethics and Aesthetics as One: Remarks on the Primacy of Moral Perception,” presented at the Pacific APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 2007.
  26. “Marcuse, Wittgenstein, and the Critique of Social Practice,” presented paper, Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2006. Western Carolina University.
  27. “Kant’s Categorical Imperative: An Alternative View,” invited paper, University of Minnesota, Duluth, March 2006.
  28. “Marcuse, Wittgenstein, and the Critique of Social Practice,” invited paper, Florida Atlantic University, February 2006.
  29. “What we owe the dead,” invited paper, University at Albany (SUNY), January, 2006.
  30. “Rethinking the Categorical Imperative,” invited paper, California State University, Northridge, January, 2006.
  31. “Rethinking Kant’s Ethics,” invited paper, East Carolina University, January, 2006.
  32.  “The Case for Anti-Antirealism: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Aristotle on Language and Essence,” presented at the Eastern Division APA meeting of the Society for Realist/Antirealist Discussion, December 2005.
  33. “Heidegger and the Natural Ontological Attitude,” presented at the Pacific APA meeting of the Society for Realist/Antirealist Discussion, 2005.
  34. “Heidegger and the Natural Ontological Attitude,” invited paper, Department of Philosophy, Beloit College, February, 2005.
  35. “The Relevance of Rules to a Critical Social Science,” invited paper, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Geneseo, February, 2005.
  36. “The Agency of Torture,” presented at the Eastern APA meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, December, 2004.
  37. “Murder, Cannibalism, and Indirect Suicide: A Philosophical Study of a Recent Case,” presented paper, Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, July, 2004.
  38. “The Relevance of Rules to a Critical Social Science,” invited paper, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University New Orleans, February 2004.
  39. “Constitutive Rules and Critical Theory” invited talk, Department of Philosophy, Dickinson College, February 2004.
  40. “Rules and Realism: Remarks on the Poverty of Brute Facts,” presented at the Eastern-Division APA meeting of the Society for Realist/Anti-realist Discussion, December 2003.
  41. “Wittgenstein, Kant, and Ethical Inquiry,” invited paper, Department of Philosophy, East Carolina University, February, 2003.
  42. “Could There Be a Therapeutic Social Science?” presented to the Research Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, January, 2003.
  43. “When Our Heroes are Our Villains: Kripke, Foucault, and Essence,” presented at the Eastern-Division APA meeting of the Society for Realist/Anti-realist Discussion, December 2002.
  44. “The Most Important Nonsense: Wittgenstein and Ethical Inquiry,” presented paper, 24th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, March 29-30, 2002.

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • Hartwick College, Milne Award for Faculty/Student Research, 2011-2012
  • Hartwick Faculty Research Grant, 2008-2009
  • Hartwick Faculty Research Grant, 2007-2008
  • Graduated with Distinction, London School of Economics, 2003.
  • Graduate Merit Award, London School of Economics. 2002-2003.
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year, UC Riverside, 1998-1999.
  • Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship, UC Riverside, 1997-1998.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1997.
  • Summa Cum Laude, College of William and Mary, 1997.

COURSES TAUGHT:

Hartwick College 2006-present.

Courses Taught:

Phil 201: Classics of Philosophy

Phil 250: Just Work: Ethical Issues in Capitalism and Business

Phil 250: Bioethics

Phil 250: Death and the Dead

Phil 250: Philosophy and Film

Phil 236: Logic

Phil 271: Values and Society

Phil 336: Ethics

Phil 350: Philosophy and Postmodernity

Phil 350: Phenomenology

Phil 350: Heidegger’s Being and Time

Phil 350: Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Language

Phil 350: Moral Perception and the Phenomenology of Value

Phil 350: Philosophy and the Body

Phil 381: Ancient Philosophy

 Phil 490: Senior Capstone Seminar

Travel Abroad Course:

Phil 281: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle: Ancient Philosophy in Athens, Greece (in Greece, 2008)

Phil 250/Posc 250: Political Animals: Life and Thought in Ancient Greece (in Greece and Turkey, 2010)

 Non-departmental courses:

Intr 250: Facing Death

Posc 250: The Politics of Torture

Intr 490: Peace and Conflict Studies Capstone

First Year Seminar: The Socratic Project

 

East Carolina University 2003-2006

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy,

Courses taught:

Phil 1175: Introduction to Ethics

Phil 1110: Introduction to Philosophy

Phil 2275: Professional Ethics

Phil 2453: Existentialism and Phenomenology

Phil 3313: Ancient Philosophy

Phil 3350: Kant and Hegel

Phil 3521 (Directed Readings): Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

Phil 3521 (Directed Readings): Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception 

           

(References available upon request)

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