My work on 17th- and 18th-century European philosophy branches into three main lines of research. The first branch investigates the embodied self in the works of René Descartes, Nicholas Malebranche, and Mary Astell. The second examines Malebranche’s view that the function of the senses, imagination, and passions is to help us stay alive. The third branch explores Margaret Cavendish’s materialist philosophy of mind and, more specifically, her approaches to color, perception, and the unity of the experience.
Here is a short accessible piece that illustrates my reading of Malebranche.
My publications include:
- ‘The Most Dangerous Error: Malebranche on the Experience of Causation’, Philosophers’ Imprint (forthcoming)
- ‘”Let us imagine that God has made a miniature earth and sky”: Malebranche on the Body-Relativity of Visual Size’, Journal of the American Philosophical Association 6(2) (2020): 206-224
- ‘What Am I? Descartes’s Various Conceptions of Self,’ Journal of Modern Philosophy 2(1) (2020)
- ‘Our Body is the Measure: Malebranche and the Body-Relativity of Sensory Perception’, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy IX (2020): 37-74
- ‘Color in a Material World: Margaret Cavendish Against the Early Modern Mechanists’, The Philosophical Review 128(3) (2019): 293-336
- ‘The Body I Call “Mine”: A Sense of Bodily Ownership in Descartes’, European Journal of Philosophy 27(1) (2019): 3-24
- ‘Our Bodies, Our Selves: Malebranche on the Feelings of Embodiment’, Ergo 5(19) (2018): 507-539
- ‘A Bodily Sense of Self in Descartes and Malebranche’, in Subjectivity and Selfhood in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, eds. Jari Kaukua and Tomas Ekenberg (2016): 219-234
- ‘Malebranche on the Senses and Sensation’ (to appear in the Oxford Handbook on Malebranche, edited by Sean Greenberg)
- ‘What Is It Like To Be a Material Thing? Margaret Cavendish on the Achilles Argument’
- Review of Deborah Boyle’s The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish. In Hypatia Online Reviews (2019)
- Review of Steven Nadler’s Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians. In Philosophical Review 122(1) (2013) (with Jeffrey McDonough)
- Review of Gregory Currie’s Arts and Minds. In Review of Metaphysics 60(4), 2007 (with Ronald de Sousa)
I have a number of papers under review at the moment. Drafts and more information available upon request.