Research

Publications

Journal Articles

“The Inner Work of Liberty: Cudworth on Desire and Attention,” International Journal of Philosophical Studies (forthcoming).

“Locke on Persons and Other Kinds of Substances,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100:1 (2019), 129-155.

“Locke’s Arguments against the Freedom to Will,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25:4 (2017), 642-662.

Book Reviews

“Locke and Cartesian Philosophy, eds. Philippe Hamou and Martine Pécharman.” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Retrieved from https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/locke-and-cartesian-philosophy

Informal Writing

“Animals, Freewill, and Animal Freewill: A Development in Cudworth’s Freewill Manuscripts.” The Cambridge Platonist Research Group. Retrieved from https://cprg.hypotheses.org/830.

In Progress

  • [Under review]
  • [Under review]
  • “Cudworth on Consciousness and the Self”
  • “Judgment in Locke’s Theory of Motivation”
  • A paper on the relation between Locke’s doctrine of suspension and his account of liberty (early stages)

Dissertation

John Locke and the Demand for Self-Determination

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Presentations

  1. “Ralph Cudworth and the Structure of Personhood”, Keele University, November 2019
  2. “Cudworth on Freewill”, 16th Annual Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Dalhousie University, July 2019
  3. “Cudworth on Freewill”, 2019 Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Helsinki, June 2019
  4. “Cudworth on Freewill”, Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI, University of Groningen, May 2019
  5. “Cudworth on Freewill: A More Plausible Libertarianism?”, Cambridge Platonism and the Origin of the “Philosophy of Religion”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, May 2019
  6. “Ralph Cudworth’s Epistemology of Love”, The Ontology of Love, University of Cambridge, April 2019
  7. “Cudworth on Freewill,” Department Colloquium, York University, April 2019
  8. “Ralph Cudworth on Freewill (and the Compatibility of Freewill and Divine Grace)”, The D Society, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, March 2019
  9. “The Role of Desire in Cudworth’s Account of Agency”, Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop, University College Dublin, September 2018
  10. “Locke on the Motivation to Suspend Desire”, 15th Annual Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Dalhousie University, July 2018
  11. “Locke’s Gatekeeper”, The 8th Margaret Dauler Wilson Philosophy Conference, SUNY Buffalo, June 2018
  12. “Locke and the Possibility of Self-Control”, 2018 Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Université du Quebec à Montreal, June 2018
  13. “The Gatekeeper of the Will: On Locke’s Claim that Judgment and Desire Both Determine the Will”, 2017 Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, May 2017​
  14. “Locke on Persons, Kinds, and Composite Ideas”, History of Early Modern Philosophy Working Group, University of Toronto, March 2017
  15. “Locke on Persons and Substance-Mode Composites”, Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IV, University of Groningen, February 2017
  16. “Locke on Judgment, Desire, and Weakness of Will”, History of Philosophy Works in Progress, Harvard University, November 2016
  17. “Cudworth on Personality”, Personal Identity in the History of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, August 2016
  18. “Locke, Cudworth, and the Vulgar: What’s Wrong With Really Distinct Faculties?”, 13th Annual Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Dalhousie University, July 2016
  19. “Cudworth on Reason and Moral Knowledge”, The 7th Margaret Dauler Wilson Philosophy Conference, Northern Arizona University, June 2016
  20. “Cudworth on Reason and Moral Knowledge”, Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VII, University of St. Andrews, May 2016
  21. “Cudworth on Reason and Moral Knowledge”, Harvard-Yale Graduate Workshop in the History of Philosophy, Harvard University, April 2016
  22. “Reconciling Freedom and Suspension: Locke on freedom of the will and ‘the source of all liberty’”, Locke Workshop, Yale University, October 2014

Comments

  1. On Ruth Boeker, “Locke on Vital Union”, Vitalism in Early Modern Philosophy, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, March 2019
  2. On Elisabeth Thorsson, “Revisiting Locke’s Thinking Matter: A Third Way?”, 2018 Locke Workshop, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, July 2018
  3. On Elliot Rossiter, “Mixed Modes and Moral Epistemology in John Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding”, 2018 Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Université du Quebec à Montreal, June 2018
  4. On Ruth Boeker, Chapter 2 of Locke on Persons and Personal Identity, Book Workshop on Locke on Persons and Personal Identity by Ruth Boeker, Columbia University, March 2018
  5. On Julie Walsh, “Malebranche and the Tension Between Virtue and Goodwill”, The Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale (SEMPY), November 2015
  6. On Stephen Darwall, “Cudworth, Shaftesbury, and Leibniz”, The Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale (SEMPY), October 2015
  7. On Kenneth Winkler, “The Scope of Sensitive Knowledge”, The Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale (SEMPY), December 2014
  8. On Martha Bolton, “Locke on Substance and Identity: a Univocal and Internally Consistent Theory”, Locke Workshop, Yale University, October 2014