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My interests are in moral philosophy, broadly construed, with a growing interest in aesthetics. 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. I've recently completed book about patience (and perhaps in the process learned some).

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 attention has turned recently to aesthetics, in particular the philosophy of music (as a kind of academic supplement to my hobby of the past few years, the banjo).

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.

Recent news (last updated 6.22.16):

  • My book On Patience is now available from Lexington Books, Amazon, and other online sellers! Look for updates on the book blog and on my personal blog.
  • My article Nietzschean Patience, appears in The Journal of Value Inquiry 50(1), 141-152.
  • I will be presenting a paper on the philosophy of music at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Seattle in November 2016.