I am a historian of philosophy with a focus on Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In my research, I explore how Leibniz interacted with his contemporaries and framed conversations about philosophy, religion, and science as well as how historical developments influence our perception of his work today. As a teacher, I work with students to develop intellectual tools for understanding the world, and encourage them to connect philosophical discussions to their interests in other disciplines.
I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in The Ethics Program at Villanova University. My work centers on Leibniz’s natural philosophy and his reception of the mechanical conception of nature, as well as the global development and interaction of philosophical ideas. I believe that the philosophical past shapes the philosophical questions that we ask in… Continue reading About
My research falls into two general areas, the history and philosophy of science, and the historiography of philosophy. History and Philosophy and Science My work concerns the interactions between traditional metaphysical ideas and the seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. While the mechanical philosophy displaced many assumptions about the natural world, many traditional views about subjects including causation,… Continue reading Research
I have taught Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, World Philosophy, and Introductory Logic at Villanova University and Rowan University. Genuine learning involves the recognition that there is a larger world to discover. I value philosophy as a form of inquiry that provokes these moments of insight and provides us with the intellectual tools to turn them… Continue reading Teaching