I work primarily on topics in early modern philosophy.
In my dissertation I defend the view that Leibniz is a necessitarian he thinks that all truths are metaphysically necessary. I argue that Leibniz's accounts of contingency are meant to show how he can find surrogate notions of contingency within his necessitarian framework. I explore the importance of these surrograte notions for Leibniz's understanding of possible worlds, divine and human freedom, and the laws of nature.
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I am also interested in Leibniz's subsequent intellectual influence. In “Bolzano, Kant and Leibniz" (2014), Sandra Lapointe and I examine the Kantian and Leibnizian origins of Bolzano's notion of analyticity. I have additional research interests in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology, as well as early analytic philosophy.
Fall 2015 I am teaching Freshman Studies 100 at Lawrence University.
Winter 2016 I am teaching Intro to Philosophy 100, and History of Philosophy 200: Aristotle and Plato, at Lawrence University.
Department of Philosophy
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"Necessitarianism in Leibniz's Theodicy"
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, 27 February 2016.