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EDUCATION

2011: Ph.D., Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Dissertation: “Empty and Filled Intentions in Husserl’s Early Work”

2004: M.A., Philosophy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Thesis: “Whence Value?: Seeking Value’s Source”

2002: B.A., Computer Science, Messiah College

Magna cum laude; Minor: Music


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2015: Visiting Assistant Professor

  • George Washington University, University Honors Program

RELATED POSITIONS

2017–present: Computer Skills Instructor

  • Forever Learning Institute (volunteer)
  • South Bend Code School

2016–2017: Content Developer

  • Pedago, LLC (for the Smartly active learning platform)

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

2016: “How Philosophers Appeal to Priority to Effect Revolution,” Metaphilosophy 47, no. 2 (April 2016): 304–22.

2014: “Genesis 1’s Solution to the Euthyphro Problem,” Philosophy & Theology 26, no. 1 (2014): 207–19.

2013: “Husserl’s Mereological Semiotics: Indication, Expression, Surrogation,” The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 12 (2012): 69–108. (Actual publication date: 2013.)

2012: “Husserl’s Genetic Philosophy of Arithmetic,” American Dialectic 2, no. 2 (May 2012): 141–90. http://www.americandialectic.org/volume-ii-2012/no-2-may/husserls-genetic-philosophy-of-arithmetic/ 

Book Chapters

Forthcoming: “Dallas Willard’s Husserlian Phenomenology,” in Carlo Ierna and Michaela Ferri, eds., The Reception of Edmund Husserl’s Thought in North America, Contributions to Phenomenology (Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming).

2016: “Acts as Changes: A ‘Metabolic’ Approach to the Philosophy of Action,” in Michael Sigrist and Roman Altshuler, eds., Time and the Philosophy of Action (New York: Routledge, 2016), 257–71. 

Other Publications

2015: Philosophy in Four Questions: A Thematic Introduction to Philosophy for High School and Beyond (Newark, DE: 7 Sisters IHH, LLC). 

2015: Chambergon Battle Logic. (Logic Software.)


TEACHING

Positions

2015: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • George Washington University, University Honors Program
2011–2015: Adjunct Lecturer
  • 2013–2015: McDaniel College, Department of Philosophy
  • 2011, 14–15 (Falls): University of MD, College Park, Dept. of Philosophy
  • 2012–2014: Mount St. Mary’s University, Dept. of Philosophy
  • 2011–2012: Catholic University of America, School of Philosophy
2006–2011: Graduate Teaching Fellow
  • The Catholic University of America, School of Philosophy

Student Evaluations

9.2 / 10 average

Courses Developed

PHI 2265, “Special Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Music,” McDaniel College, 2014.

Courses Taught

Aesthetics
  • “Philosophy of Music” (PHI 2265, McDaniel College): Spring 2014; 2.7 / 3 (students’ evaluation)
Analytic Philosophy

Philosophy of Mind

  • “Minds and Machines” (PHI 2221, McDaniel College): Fall 2013; 2.8 / 3 (students’ evaluation)

Philosophy of Science

  • “Philosophy of Science” (PHI 3318, McDaniel College): Fall 2015; 3.7 / 4 (students’ evaluation)
Analytic and Continental

20th Century Survey

  • “Contemporary Philosophy” (PHIL 454, Catholic University): Spring 2011; 2.2 / 3 (students’ evaluation)

Philosophy of Language and Semiotics

  • “Minds and Language” (PHI 3321, McDaniel College): Fall 2014; 2.8 / 3 (students’ evaluation)
Continental Philosophy
  • “Existentialism” (PHIL 324, University of Maryland): Fall 2011; 3.8 / 4 (students’ evaluation)
Ethics
  • “Contemporary Moral Issues” (PHIL 140, University of Maryland): Falls 2014–15; 3.7 / 4 (students’ evaluation)
History of Philosophy

World Philosophy (Ancient)

  • “Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought” (HONR 1015, GWU): Fall 2015; 4.4 / 5 (students’ evaluation)

Western Philosophy (Classical)

  • “From Cosmos to Citizen” (PHIL 211, Mount St. Mary’s University): Fall 2012; 4.8 / 5 (students’ evaluation)
  • “Classical Philosophy” (VTPH 103, Mount St. Mary’s University): Springs 2013–14; 5.0 / 5 (students’ evaluation)
  • “The Classical Mind” (PHIL 201, Catholic University): Falls 2006–11, Summers 2008, 2011; 9.5 / 10 (students’ evaluation)

Western Philosophy (Modern)

  • “From Self to Society” (PHIL 212, Mount St. Mary’s University): Summer 2013; 5.0 / 5 (students’ evaluation)
  • “Modern and Contemporary Philosophy” (PHIL 203, Mount St. Mary’s): Fall 2013; 4.9 / 5 (students’ evaluation)
  • “The Modern Mind” (PHIL 202, Catholic University): Springs 2007–12, Fall 2007, Summer 2012; 9.3 / 10 (students’ evaluation)
Introduction to Philosophy
  • “Introduction to Philosophy” (PHI 1101, McDaniel College): Spring 2013, Fall 2015; 2.3 / 3 (students’ evaluation)
Logic and Critical Thinking
  • “Critical Thinking” (PHI 1102, McDaniel College): Spring 2015; 2.6 / 3 (students’ evaluation)
  • “Elementary Logic” (PHI 2233, McDaniel College): Springs 2013–15; 2.6 / 3 (students’ evaluation)
  • “Introduction to Symbolic Logic” (PHIL 351, Catholic University): Spring 2012; 8.4 / 10 (students’ evaluation)
Philosophy of Religion
  • “Philosophy of God” (PHIL 308, The Catholic University of America): Summer 2011; 8.9 / 10 (students’ evaluation)


CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Papers Presented

2015: “How a Flaw in Augustine’s Proof of God’s Existence Forced Descartes to Write the Meditations.” “The Existence of God,” Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Messiah College; Mechanicsburg, PA, September 24–26.

2014: “How to Reconcile Our Contradictory Experiences of Meaning: The Mereology of Significance and Importance” [accepted but unable to attend conference]. Fifth Organization of Phenomenological Organizations Conference. “Phenomenology and the Problem of Meaning in Human Life and History,” Murdoch University; Perth, Australia, December 8–12.

2014: “The Embarrassment of Punching Puppets: An Argument from Conversation for Freedom.” “Free Will,” Center for Cognition and Neuroethics; Flint, MI, October 10–11.

2011: “Acts as Changes: A ‘Metabolic’ Approach to the Philosophy of Action. “Time and Agency,” George Washington University; Washington, DC, November 18–19.

2011: “Do Numerals Mean Anything?: Husserl’s Theory of Signs in ‘Mechanical’ Calculation.” “The Early Phenomenology of Munich and Göttingen,” Franciscan University of Steubenville; Steubenville, OH, April 29–30.

2010: “Do Numerals Mean Anything?: The Practice of ‘Mechanical’ Calculation in Husserl’s Philosophy of Arithmetic.” First International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice, University Foundation, VU Brussel; Brussels, Belgium, December 9–11.

2010: “Locke’s Ontology of Power and the Roots of the Progressive/Conservative Rift.” Eleventh Boston College Graduate Philosophy Conference: “Power,” Boston College; Boston, MA, March 19–20.

2007: “Flight from an Ontology of Hope to a Phenomenology of Political Unity: Husserl as Good Samaritan.” First Annual Duquesne University Graduate Philosophy Conference: “Symbioses: Political Ontology and a New Metaphysics,” Duquesne University; Pittsburgh, PA, March 24.

2004: “Finding James Ready-to-Hand: Introducing Heidegger and Levinas through James.” Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies, “Perspectives in Contemporary Continental Philosophy: Phenomenology, Pragmatism, Personalism” Panel, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; Cheyney, PA, April 2–3. 

Discussant

2012: Response to Evan Ponton’s “Edith Stein on the Constitution of the Person in Emotional Experiences.” CUA Graduate Philosophy Conference: “Emotion,” The Catholic University of America; Washington, DC, March 30. 

Sessions Chaired

2015: Concurrent Session II.C. “The Existence of God,” Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Messiah College; Mechanicsburg, PA, September 24–26.

2015: Concurrent Session X.D. “The Existence of God,” Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Messiah College; Mechanicsburg, PA, September 24–26.

2014: Session 7b. “Free Will,” Center for Cognition and Neuroethics; Flint, MI, October 11.


DEPARTMENTAL & UNIVERSITY SERVICE 

Theses Directed

Patrick Keefe, Senior Thesis, McDaniel College; Westminster, MD, Spring 2013

Faculty Advisor

Filmmakers’ Club, Mount St. Mary’s University; Emmitsburg, MD, AY 2012–2013


OUTREACH & COMMUNITY SERVICE

Creator and host, Top 40 Philosophy podcast (explores philosophy through popular music and popular music through philosophy; 16,000+ downloads), February, 2016–present.

Volunteer, La Casa de Amistad, citizenship classes; South Bend, IN, February, 2017–present.

Commencement address, Mount Sophia Academy, High School Graduation Ceremonies; Newark, DE, June 7, 2014.

Semi-weekly Skype sessions, Mount Sophia Academy, “Intro to Philosophy” class; Newark, DE, Spring Semester 2014.

Guest Lecture: “Aristotle and the Hellenistic Philosophers,” “World History and Philosophy” class, Mount Sophia Academy; Newark, DE; October 15, 2012.


TEACHING AREAS

AOS

  • Phenomenology (from the early school through the existentialists)
  • History of Philosophy

AOC

  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Critical Thinking and Logic
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • The nature of dependent identity in images, mereology, and meaning.
  • The mereological structure of meaning (existential, artistic, linguistic, and mental).
  • The nature, types, and uses of priority in philosophical discussion and debate.

LANGUAGES

  • French (reading knowledge)
  • German (reading knowledge)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS 

American Philosophical Association


REFERENCES

John McCarthy, Ph.D., Dean
School of Philosophy
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-5260 (or (202) 319-5259)
mccartjc@cua.edu

Msgr. Robert Sokolowski, Ph.D., Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy
School of Philosophy
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20064
sokolowski@cua.edu

Vera Jakoby, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Philosophy
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
vjakoby@mcdaniel.edu

Allen Stairs, Ph.D., Associate Chair
Department of Philosophy
University of Maryland, College Park
1126 Skinner Building
College Park, MD 20742
stairs@umd.edu