What I do
I am interested in the tenacity of Plato's and Aristotle's theories of Moral Psychology, Metaphysics, and Epistemology. 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, social constructions, 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. I am beginning to interrogate the nature of social constructions like race, gender, disability, and invasive species with an eye toward differentiating them into kinds in a way that might be helpful to those who study them in disciplines other than philosophy.
Aristotle, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Plato, Socratic Moral Psychology
I hold a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been on the faculty of the University of Denver since 1991. I chaired our Philosophy department for 12 years. I have also taught at Central Michigan University and University of Colorado-Boulder. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I was a serious student of modern dance until my early 30's and continue to have a life-long interest in body mechanics, functional movement, and the way the the body and the mind can be mutually enhancing. I am a certified yoga teacher.
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990
- MA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1985
- BA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
- transferred, Modern Dance, University of Illinois - Champaign, 1981
- American Philosophical Association
- Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
- International Plato Society
My interest in studying philosophical figures is continuous with my interest in furthering contemporary philosophical thinking. 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.
I am beginning to interrogate the nature of social constructions like race, gender, disability, and invasive species with an eye toward differentiating them into kinds in a way that might be helpful to those who study them in disciplines other than philosophy.
Areas of Research
- Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Joint Ph.D. Program Student Association
- PROF Award
- Knapp Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Graduate School
- Dean's Meritorious Sabbatical Award, DU CAHSS