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St. Louis University, Department of Philosophy
Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics (esp. Ontological Emergence), Philosophy of Mind
Areas of Competence: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion
Ph.D., Philosophy, Saint Louis University (Candidate, expected completion Fall 2018)
Dissertation: Ontological Emergence within a Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysic
Committee: Eleonore Stump (Director), John Greco, Jonathan Jacobs
MA, Philosophy, Saint Louis University (2014)
BA., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009) summa cum laude
Honors Thesis: “An Evaluation of the Cosmological Argument”
“In Defense of Emergent Individuals: A Reply to Moreland”, Faith and Philosophy 31 (2014): 91-104.
“The Private Language Argument and a Second-Person Approach to Mindreading”, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2013): 75-86.
Saint Louis University (Fall 2009 – Spring 2017):
Introduction to Philosophy (5x)
Medical Ethics (upper level, 1x)
Philosophy of Religion (upper level, 1x)
Philosophy of the Human Person (upper level, 3x)
Introduction to Formal Logic (TA, 1x)
Thomistic Metaphysics (TA, 1x)
Thomistic Epistemology (TA, 1x)
Papers in Progress ___________________________________________________
“Strong Emergence and the New Hylomorphism”
“Emergence and Ontology”
“A Critique of Strong Emergence”
Academic Employment _______________________________________________
Graduate Writing Consultant, Saint Louis University Writing Services, August 2017 – May 2018.
Administrative Assistant for the Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project (funded by the John Templeton Foundation with John Greco and Eleonore Stump as principal investigators), August, 2014 - July, 2015.
Responsibilities included business management, events planning, organizing three mini-conferences, and administrative and organizational work for the May, 2014 seminar "Intellectual Humility: Its Nature, Value, and Implications" in Pasadena, CA, directed by Daniel Howard-Snyder.
"Strong Emergence and Hylomorphism", Poster Session, The Canadian Metaphysics Collaborative Hylomorphism Conference, Banff, CA (2017)
"A Critique of Strong Emergence", American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, Baltimore, MD (2017)
“A Critique of Strong Emergence”, Meeting of the Central States Philosophical Association, Lincoln, NE (2016)
“A Critique of Strong Emergence”, Meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Louisville, KY (2016)
“Reid’s Religious Epistemology”, Meeting of the Iowa Philosophical Society, Ames, IA (2015)
“Strong Emergence and the New Hylomorphism”, Poster Session, Durham Emergence Project Summer Seminar, Durham, UK, (2015)
“The Private Language Argument and a Second-Person Approach to Mindreading”, IRC Conference: The Second-Person Perspective in Science and the Humanities, Oxford University (2013)
“The Private Language Argument and a Second-Person Approach to Mindreading”, American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA (2013)
“The Private Language Argument and a Second-Person Approach to Mindreading”, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, TX (2013)
Invited Comments ___________________________________________________
On Tanya Hall’s “Surprise Exam Announcements and Intrinsic Incredibility”, Saint Louis University Graduate Student Conference (2011)
Stipend (travel, room and board) awarded by Durham Emergence Project Summer Seminar, Durham, United Kingdom, July 2015
Travel Grant from the Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University, to attend the workshop Reduction and Emergence in the Sciences hosted by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and Technology, University of Paris.
Stipend (travel, room and board) awarded by Durham Emergence Project Summer Seminar, Durham, United Kingdom, July 2014
Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society), February 2014
Prospectus Oral Exam Passed With Distinction, October 2013
James Collins Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, 2013.
Travel Grant from Saint Louis University Department of Philosophy. To present a paper at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in March 2013
Teaching Assistantship, Saint Louis University, Fall 2009
Roger Schwirk Award for Excellence in Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Spring 2008
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Sigma Tau (National Honors Society for Philosophy)
Invited Referee: Philosophia
Session Chair, American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA, March 2013.
Paper Referee for Saint Louis University Graduate Student Conference 2011, 2013, 2014.
Graduate Courses ______________________________________________________
Mindreading, Social Cognition, and Intersubjectivity (Eleonore Stump)
Plato’s Epistemology (Scott Berman)
Problems in Philosophy of Religion (Eleonore Stump)
Topics in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Science (Alexander Bird)
Causal Powers in Contemporary Metaphysics (Jonathan Jacobs)
Mind and Agency (John Greco)
Advanced Ethics: Consequentialism (Elizabeth Foreman)
Kant’s First Critique (William Charron)
Knowledge and Action (John Hawthorne)
Advanced Logic (Jonathan Jacobs)
Hume and Reid (John Greco)
Aristotle and Contemporary Metaphysics (Scott Berman)
Medieval Theories of Consciousness (Susan Brower-Toland)
Thomas on the Nature of God (Eleonore Stump)
Free Will in Modern Philosophy (Clyde Ragland)
Knowledge and Context (John Greco and Joseph Salerno)
Professional Organizations ________________________________________________
American Philosophical Association
Southern Association for Philosophy and Psychology
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