Department of Religion and Philosophy
Chair and Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 1997
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., 1992
University of Michigan, B.A., 1990 Research and Teaching Interests
Philosophical Pedagogy, Metaphilosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics Professional Affiliations and Awards:
American Philosophical Association
Ohio Philosophical Association (Vice President)
American Association of Philosophy Teachers (Board Member) Publications
- “Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging” in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles, edited by Gregory Bassham, Basil Blackwell Press, 2010, pp. 97-112
- “Knowledge of Language”, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://www.iep.utm.edu/.
- “Leopold and Loeb and an Interdisciplinary Introduction to Philosophy” Teaching Philosophy, (28), March 2005
- “What’s So Good About A College Education?” in Glenna S. Jackson and Andrew P. Mills, eds., The Integrative Studies Reader McGraw-Hill Press, 2002.
- “Deflationism and the Disquotational Schema: Letting the Air Out of Wright’s Argument against Minimal Truth”, Philosophical Papers, (29), April, 2000
- “Unsettled Problems with Vague Truth”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy (25), March 1995
Philosophy is a discipline that grabs people. Few of us set out to be philosophers: the questions, the ideas, and the issues just hook us, and we're helpless to resist. I consider myself incredibly lucky that I get to do what I love--think about philosophy--and to do it at Otterbein. What sparked your interest in your field?
The questions in a philosophy class I took in college grabbed me. I was particularly interested in questions of personal identity (what makes me the same person today as I was 10 years ago?) and language (how can marks on a page carry messages & be meaningful?) If a student only learned one thing from you, what do you hope that would be?
That there are few things more valuable than a broad-based liberal arts education. It prepares one for a rich and rewarding life, it makes one a better citizen, opens job opportunities, and makes life incredibly interesting. If not an educator, what would be your dream job?
Urban planner, or advocate for local food.