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
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
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
and on my personal blog.
- My article “Nietzschean
Patience,” appears in The Journal
of Value Inquiry 50(1),
- 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.