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My interests are in moral philosophy, broadly construed. Much of my recent work considers the relationship between living with integrity--and standing by one's own convictions--and living well with others. I examine these issues through the lens of virtues such as courage, humility, tolerance, and most recently, patience. The writings of Wittgenstein and several philosophers influenced by him (including Rush Rhees, Cora Diamond, and Raimond Gaita) greatly interest me. I've also been thinking, teaching, and writing about the place of animals in ethical theory and about environmental ethics. My primary project right now is to finish a book about patience (and perhaps in the process to learn some).

I did my schooling at the University of Arkansas, near my hometown (Tontitown, AR). I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2008, after first taking a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis in 2002. I was a visiting assistant professor for a year at Truman State University before coming to EKU in August 2009.

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