My dissertation largely focuses on reinterpreting Locke's religious epistemology, specifically his account of miracles and divine revelation. In so doing, my work also makes interesting connections to the accounts of Hume and Mary Shepherd as a greater story of the how the miracle debate developed through the 17th to the 19th century. I'm also interested in other eaerly modern thinkers such as Spinoza and Pascal, especially in relation to their treatment of issues in philosophy of religion and theology.
“Pascal on Habit, Faith and Grace” The Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion, “Philosophy, Religion, and Existential Commitment,” Princeton University, March 2023.
“Pascal's Wager and the Distinction Between Human and Salvific Faith” Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Weber State University, March 2023.
“Mary Shepherd’s Defense of Miracles” European Society of Early Modern Philosophy Young Workshop, University of Copenhagen, September 2022.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: Locke on the Evidential Value and Objective Nature of Miracles” John Locke Conference, American University of Bulgaria, June 2022.
“Mary Shepherd’s Defense of Miracles Against Hume” NYC Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy: Expanding the Canon, Fordham University, May 2022.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: Locke on the Objective Nature of Miracles” Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Utah State University, February 2022.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: Locke on the Evidential Role of Miracles” Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Southern Utah University, November 2020.
“Spinoza on the Eternity of the Human Mind” Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Utah Valley University, October 2019.
“Spinoza: In Defense of Secularism” Second Annual Undergraduate Conference, University of North Texas, April 2018.
“From Spinoza to the Enlightenment: The Struggle for Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Speech, and Secular Society” Eighth Annual Hoaglund Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference, Christopher Newport University, April 2017.
Graduate Coursework (*Audited)
*Ancient Greek Philosophy, Anne Siebels Peterson, Spring 2023
*Modern Christian Thought, Brandon Peterson, Spring 2023
*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
“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
“Can capitalism address the challenges of climate change?”
Quest for Peace, Sixth Annual Panel Discussion, Miami Dade College, November 2019