Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University, 2017- Ph.D. (UCLA), M.Phil. (Oxon.), B.A. (Biola)
I work in the Philosophy Department at Baylor University, and my family and I live in Cameron Park, on the
banks of the Brazos River, in Waco, Texas. Prior to Baylor, I taught for five years at Loyola Marymount
University, in Los Angeles, California.
My research focuses on medieval philosophy on a variety of topics, ranging from details of medieval science
to big speculative theorizing about God's existence and nature. Currently I'm thinking about John Duns Scotus
on two broad topics: first, his ethics, where I'm interested in pinning down exactly what role God is supposed
to play in determining how we human beings ought to act; second, his metaphysics, where I'm working on how
Scotus explains why what is possible is possible.
In all my historical work I'm motivated by several things: first, I want to know the ancestry of our ways
of understanding the world. Coming to understand our ways of understanding is one aspect of living out the
Socratic maxim that the unexamined life is not worth living. Second, the old stuff I work on is interesting: it
is beautiful, intellectually rigorous, and exotic. Third, I want to give these dead philosophers avoice among
the living, lest they be forgotten. Fourth, and most importantly, I do history of philosophy for the same reason
people do philosophy: to come to as good an understanding of the natures of things as I can. None of the big
answers to the big questions of philosophy is false (or true) just because it is old (or new). I often have the experience,
when reading the old stuff, that I am on the track of the truth.
I mostly teach courses on the history of philosophy, in particular, Ancient and Medieval.
If you would like a copy of my CV, please email me.
Here is a bibliography of most of what I have in print or forthcoming:
Book John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism. Brill, 2014. Journal Articles "Scotism about Possible Natures," Philosophical Quarterly, forthcoming
“Losing the Lost Island,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 83:1 (2018) “Many Exits on the Road to Corpuscularianism,” Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 15 (2018) “Voluntarism, Atonement, and Duns Scotus,” The Heythrop Journal 58:1 (2017) “Reconstructing Aquinas’s World: Themes from Brower,” Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 4 (2016) “Thomas Aquinas and John Buridan on Hylomorphism and the Beginning of Life,” Res Philosophica 93:1 (2016) “Transhumanization, Personal Identity, and the Afterlife: Thomistic Reflections on a Dantean Theme,” New Blackfriars 96:1065 (2015) “John Duns Scotus’s Pluralism about Substantial Form,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 50:4 (2012) “Spinoza on the Essences of Modes,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19:1 (2011) “Relations without Forms: Some Consequences of Aquinas’s Metaphysics of Relations,” Vivarium 48:3-4 (2010) “How Aquinas Could’ve Argued that God is Really Related to Creatures,” Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 6 (2006) Book Chapters “Parts, Wholes, and the Elements in Some Medieval Philosophers,” Parts and Wholes, ed. Andrew Arlig. Turnhout: Brepols. Forthcoming. “The Incoherence of Ockham’s Ethics,” Grounding in Medieval Philosophy, ed. Magali Roques. Brill. Forthcoming. “Vincent Ferrer’s Theory of Natural Supposition,” Modern Views of Medieval Logic, ed. Benedikt Löwe et al.. Leuven: Peeters, 2018 “Notes from a Nominalist in a New Incunabulum by Symphorien Champier” with B. Copenhaver, in Essays in Renaissance Thought and Letters in Honor of John Monfasani, ed. A. Frazier. Brill, 2015 “Either Demons Exist or God Doesn’t,” The Devil and Philosophy, ed. Robert Arp. Chicago: Open Court, 2014 Reference Articles “Forms,” The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy, ed. Richard Cross and JT Paasch. London: Routledge. Forthcoming “John Duns Scotus,” T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, ed. Adam Johnson. T&T Clark, 2017. “The Place of God in the Meditations,” The Great Books Reader, ed. John Mark Reynolds. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2011. Book Reviews Bonaventure, On the Eucharist: Commentary on the “Sentences,” Book IV, dist. 8-13, trans. Junius Johnson, in Journal of Analytic Theology, forthcoming
Edward Feser, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, in Pro Ecclesia 26:1 (2017) John Duns Scotus, Duns Scotus on Time and Existence: The Questions on Aristotle’s ‘De Interpretatione’, trans. E. Buckner and J. Zupko, in History and Philosophy of Logic 37:3 (2015) Thomas Aquinas, Basic Works, ed. J. Hause and R. Pasnau, in Comitatus 46 (2015) Katherine Lewis, Kingship and Masculinity in Late Medieval England, in Comitatus 45 (2014) Thomas Aquinas, Disputed Questions on Virtue, trans. Jeffrey Hause and Claudia Eisen Murphy, Comitatus 42 (2011) A. Minnis and R. Voaden (eds.), Medieval Holy Women in the Christian Tradition, c.1100-c.1500, in Comitatus 42 (2011) John J. Conley, S.J., Adoration and Annihilation: The Convent Philosophy of Port Royal, in Comitatus 41 (2010) Leo Strauss, On Plato’s Symposium, in Philosophia Christi 6:2 (2004)