ABOUT

I'm currently a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State. I primarily teach survey philosophy courses, and have taught upper-division philosophy courses ("major courses") such as Bioethics, History of Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Philosophical Analysis and Writing.
 
Broadly construed, my philosophical interests center on metaphysics and epistemology (interests about the nature of reality and being, and the nature of knowledge and knowing, respectively). A bit more specifically, I find questions concerning the nature of time, perception, and the justification of knowledge deeply perplexing and puzzling. In my current work, I research and write on the history of philosophy, specifically early modern philosophy. What motivates my research in early modern philosophy is a curiosity about how early modern figures, especially Descartes, departed from the educational and philosophical tradition they were trained in (i.e., Medieval Scholasticism), and how they influenced the thought of later philosophers such as Kant.
 
Additionally, I have researched and written on the history of American Philosophy (i.e., American Pragmatism), with a focus on Richard Rorty's contribution to this tradition (see here).
 
When not doing philosophy, I enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors riding my bike, taking long walks, and spending time with friends and all of the other special people/persons/beings in my life. I'm also an effusive proponent of the Oxford comma. It is an essential, elegant, and effective linguistic device. I'm also a big fan of alliteration.