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Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Biography

I joined the Department of Philosophy at LMU in 2012. I teach LMU's core philosophy courses, Philosophical Inquiry and Ethics, as well as upper division and graduate courses in Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy and Literature. As a teacher of philosophy my primary objective is to inspire students not just to learn about philosophy but to become philosophers, whatever their majors or career goals. My research focuses on philosophical, scientific, and theological themes in medieval European thought, and I have published extensively in these areas. I study the history of philosophy in order to help preserve our knowledge of our intellectual heritage and to allow this old, and sometimes forgotten, wisdom about the human condition and the nature of reality to inform our own contemporary quest for understanding. Outside of my professional life, I find deep joy in my family and friendships, in gardening, camping, hiking, cycling, playing soccer, listening to music, and reading fiction and poetry.

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy