Hello! My name is Daniel Collette. I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of South Florida studying under Roger Ariew.
I am insatiably curious, which is one reason that I find the history of philosophy so interesting; like a primary care physician, I am free to explore a range of philosophical questions and problems that fascinate me. I find the 17th and 18th century worlds especially rewarding to study because, in one sense, it requires stepping into a world that is very foreign to us; but amidst the scientific revolution and in the wake of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation, we find a world in transition not unlike our own in other ways. My current research is on early modern metaphysics and skepticism, and some of my philosophical interests outside of early modernity include pedagogy, the Stoics, and existentialism/ phenomenology.
Beyond academia, I am a father of two, so much of my free time is dedicated to exploring the world with them, whether it is watching baseball or building rockets. Otherwise, when I'm not reading, writing, or teaching, you will find me excited about aerospace, cooking, finding new records, and acquiring pint glasses from microbrewery tours.