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I'm currently a lecturer in the Departments of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. 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). I find questions concerning the nature of time, perception, and the justification of certain types of knowledge claims both exciting and puzzling.
I have researched and written 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.
My current work focuses on debates in contemporary epistemology and meta-epistemology. I am most interested in questions concerning the distinction between propositional and procedural knowledge, that is, the relationship between knowing-that and knowing-how. My current work is very much guided by the classical and analytic pragmatist traditions in trying to make sense of these supposedly conflicting types of knowledge.
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.
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