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Hi. I am a
philosophy professor at the University of Iowa. My research and teaching interests include the history of the mind-body problem, the methods of rationalism, free will and determinism, agency, and existentialism. I am currently working on a book-length study of the philosophy of the 17th-Century philosopher and scientist, Margaret Cavendish. She defends the view that the bodies that surround us, and the bodies that compose us, are sophisticated and intelligent. Then she proceeds to develop a number of compelling theses about freedom, agency, and obligation. I am also working on some freestanding papers on Spinoza's monism and pan-psychism.
I received my B.A. in
Philosophy from UC Berkeley and my Ph.D. from UC Irvine.
1. Argument and Persuasion in Descartes' Meditations, Oxford University Press (2010), 248 pp.
2. Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Descartes' Meditations, Cambridge University Press (2014), 336 pp.
3. Everyday Examples, Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, (2015), 312 pp.
4. Cavendish, in the series The Arguments of the Philosophers, Routledge (forthcoming 2015)
Articles and Reviews
- "Simple Natures and Eternal Truths," The Cartesian Mind, ed. Cecilia Wee and Jorge Secada, Routledge Publishing, forthcoming
- "Descartes and the Force of Skepticism," A Companion to Skepticism, ed. Baron Reed and Diego Machuca, Continuum Publishing, forthcoming
- "True and Immutable Natures," The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, ed. L. Nolan, Cambridge University Press (2015)
- "Analysis vs. Synthesis," The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, ed. L. Nolan, Cambridge University Press (2015)
- "Introduction," The Cambridge Companion to Descartes' Meditations, ed. D. Cunning, Cambridge University Press (2014), 1-22
- "The First Meditation: Divine Omnipotence, Necessary Truths, and the Possibility of Radical Deception," The Cambridge Companion to Descartes' Meditations, 68-87
- "Descartes on God and the Products of His Will," Models of God and Other Ultimate Realities, ed. J. Diller and A. Kasher, Springer Publishing (2013)
- Review of K. Smith, Matter Matters, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2011), 997-1001
Problems," The Routledge Companion to
ed. D. Kaufman, Routledge Publishing
Lucas Cavendish,” The Stanford Encyclopedia
ed. E. Zalta (2009), 43 pp.
of M. Moriarty, Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II, Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2008), 644-5
and Occasional Causes," Philosophy Compass 3 (2008), 1-20
Meditation TINs Revisited: A Reply to Criticisms of the Epistemic Interpretation,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2008), 215-227
Malebranche," The Biographical Encyclopedia of
Astronomers, ed. T. Hockey,
Springer Academic Publishers (2007), 731-2
in Vita: Descartes' Stoic View on
the Place of Philosophy in Human Life," Faith
and Philosophy 24 (2007), 164-183
- "Descartes on
the Dubitability of the Existence of Self," Philosophy
and Phenomenological Research 74 (2007), 111-131
- "Cavendish on
the Intelligibility of the Prospect of Thinking Matter," History
of Philosophy Quarterly 23 (2006),
on Sensations and Ideas of Sensations,"An
Anthology of Philosophical Studies,
Athens: Atiner Publishing (2006), 17-32
Review of D.
Skrbina, Panpsychism in the West, Notre
Dame Philosophical Reviews (2005)
and Education," A Companion to Rationalism, ed. A. Nelson, Blackwell Publishing (2005), 61-81
Cartesia” by Robert Percy Smith, The Philological
Museum (2004), ed. D. Sutton
Divergences in Malebranche and Cudworth," Journal
of the History of Philosophy 41
- "True and
Immutable Natures and Epistemic Progress in Descartes' Meditations," British Journal for the
History of Philosophy 11 (2003),
the Immutability of the Divine Will," Religious
Studies 39 (2003), 79-92
Modal Metaphysics," The Stanford Encyclopedia
of Philosophy (2002), ed. E. Zalta, 37 pp.
- "Agency and
Consciousness," Synthese 120 (1999), 271-294
- "Modality and
Cognition in Descartes" (co-authored), Acta
Philosophica Fennica 64 (1999), 137-153
Below are some links to materials that might
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