Research

My current research is on Locke's religious epistemology. The focus of my work is to reconcile what I take to be misinterpretations of Locke's concept of the miraculous with his position on the evidential role or value of miracles and miracle testimony in confirming the authenticity of revelation. In doing so I hope to provide a more charitable account of Locke's stance on the relationship between miracles, testimony, and revelation – one that I think in many ways could and should rival Hume's current monopoly on the subject. This topic forms the central theme of my dissertation, though I also aim to tackle Locke’s theology more broadly, situating him within the great theological debates of the 17th century.


Talks

"Curb Your Enthusiasm: Locke on the Evidential Role of Miracles"

  • Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Southern Utah University (online), November 2020

"Spinoza on the Eternity of the Human Mind"

  • Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Utah Valley University, October 2019

"Woman as Nature: The Ecofeminist Approach and why it is Important for Feminism"

  • Intermountain Philosophy Conference, University of Utah, November 2018

"From Spinoza to the Enlightenment: The Struggle for Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Speech, and Secular Society"

  • Second Annual Undergraduate Conference, University of North Texas, April 2018

  • Media, Ethics, and Religion: Eighth Annual Hoaglund Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference, Christopher Newport University, April 2017

"Jean-Paul Sartre: On Freedom and Personal Identity"

  • Philosophers and Artists explore the theme of Personal Identity, Arts and Philosophy Department Collaboration, Miami Dade College, April 2014

Graduate Coursework

(*Enrolled as an observer)

*Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Chapman Waters, Spring 2021

John Locke, Lex Newman, Spring 2020

Philosophy of Mind, Natalia Washington, Spring 2020

Metaphysics, Anne Siebels Peterson, Spring 2020

Practical Reason, Chrisoula Andreou, Fall 2019

Adv. Deductive Logic, Natalia Washington, Fall 2019

Medieval Philosophy, Brandon Peterson, Fall 2019

*Early Modern Philosophy, Lex Newman, Fall 2019

Modern Political Theory, Steven Johnston, Spring 2019

Classical Chinese Philosophy, Eric Hutton, Spring 2019

Early Modern Rationalists, Lex Newman, Spring 2019

Adv. Political Philosophy, Eric Hutton & Mark Button, Fall 2018

Perception, Dustin Stokes, Fall 2018

Nietzsche, Elijah Millgram, Fall 2018

Deductive Logic, Lex Newman, Fall 2018

Panel Discussions

Panel Participant

“When Police Act to Contain or Dissolve a Protest, Do They Serve the Public/Common Good or Do They Maintain the Status Quo?"

  • Quest for Peace, Fifth Annual Panel Discussion, Miami Dade College, November 2018

“Is it Morally Justifiable to Use Violence Against Hate Groups?”

  • Quest for Peace, Fourth Annual Panel Discussion, Miami Dade College, November 2017

“Is Violence a Justifiable Method of Protest in a Democracy?"

  • Quest for Peace, Third Annual Panel Discussion, Miami Dade College, November 2016

Panel Organizer

“Can capitalism address the challenges of climate change?”

  • Quest for Peace, Sixth Annual Panel Discussion, Miami Dade College, November 2019

“When Police Act to Contain or Dissolve a Protest, Do They Serve the Public/Common Good or Do They Maintain the Status Quo?”

  • Quest for Peace, Fifth Annual Panel Discussion, Miami Dade College, November 2018