What I do
I am interested in the tenacity of Plato's and Aristotle's theories of Moral Psychology and Metaphysics. I study, and do research to support, their continuing influence on contemporary theories in these areas. I also work to show that their basic theses, when properly appreciated, compare favorably with these same contemporary theories.
I study and teach Classical Greek Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, and Moral Psychology. I also teach classes that interrogate theories of perception, universals as the objects of scientific study, and happiness from a philosophical perspective. In my research I focus on Plato's Metaphysics and Epistemology, Socratic Eudaimonism, and Platonism in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology.
Plato, Aristotle, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Eudaimonism, Motivation
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990
- MA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1985
- BA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
- Other, Modern Dance, University of Illinois - Champaign, 1981
- American Philosophical Association
- Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
- International Plato Society
My current research projects on Platonic metaphysics and epistemology are likewise efforts to illuminate—with help from Plato—our assumptions about our ability to come to know the world of perception, and what they require us to assume about the metaphysical structure that lies behind our perceptions.
My work in Socratic moral psychology is not only an effort to uncover the theory of human desire and flourishing described in Plato's Socratic dialogues, but also an examination of how those theories can contribute to a viable explanation of human behavior, and to a notion of virtuous behavior that can compete favorably with later and current theories.
- Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Joint Ph.D. Program Student Association
- PROF Award
- Knapp Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Graduate School