I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the supervision of Paul Guyer in Philosophy at Brown University. My research is funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I completed my doctoral studies in Philosophy at the University of Alberta in 2016 under the supervision of Alexander Rueger. My research is primarily in value theory, aesthetics, and history of philosophy. My dissertation is on Kantian art criticism and in general addresses the question of how value judgments are related to natural properties of objects. My postdoctoral project concerns the relation between values, particularly moral and aesthetic values. In future research I plan to focus on historical and contemporary perspectives on the effects of value on perception. I have been publishing parts of my dissertation as a series of articles, here, here, and here. I have received three essay prizes for my articles, including the John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. For further information, you can have a look at my CV, Phil Papers Profile , or Academia.edu Profile. I also post information on recent and upcoming talks, publications, and events here.
Currently, I am working on a book project and some dissertation-related papers. The book manuscript grew out of my post-doctoral research. My main aim is to offer a better understanding of the bearing of the ethical and aesthetic evaluations of artworks on one another through an examination of historical and contemporary approaches to the phenomenon of imaginative resistance, i.e. the inability or unwillingness to engage with the particular imaginative activities prompted by works of fiction. As with any new and rapidly growing area of research, there has been much disagreement and confusion among scholars as to the precise nature of the phenomenon. My aim is to provide an historical investigation of the phenomenon (particularly by focusing on Kant’s and Hume’s accounts) to clarify confusions within the imaginative resistance debate as well as to develop my own interpretation of the phenomenon. I argue that our unwillingness to engage in the imaginative activity prompted by an artwork is grounded not only in the moral disapproval to which it leads but also in the emotion of disgust that mingles with and amplifies this disapproval.
During the last years of my PhD, I taught courses at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. I have taught two introductions to philosophy, Values and Society and Knowledge and Reality; 2nd year survey course on Existentialism; 3rd year undergraduate courses on Philosophy of Criticism (advanced seminar on aesthetics) and Philosophy and Health Care.
When I am not working on philosophy, I spend time with these guys. I especially love going for runs with my dog Hex, even if this means being chased by coyotes sometimes.
You can reach me via email.