Hello! My name is Daniel Collette. I am a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of South Florida where I studied under Roger Ariew.
I specialize in early modern philosophy, understood as ranging roughly from the late 16th century through the 18th century. My work gestures towards Cartesianism, especially Blaise and Jacqueline Pascal, as well as those involved in their scholarly discussions: their contemporaries, reception, and source materials. I also work on Mary Shepherd's philosophy. Topically, my research investigates how conceptions of being and knowledge shape ethical and political theories in early modernity. These questions often find me in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science as well. Some of my other philosophical interests include 19th/20th century continental philosophy (especially existentialism and phenomenology), Stoicism, recovering historically marginalized voices in the history of philosophy, and philosophical pedagogy.
Beyond the academy, you will find me excited about aerospace, cooking, finding new records, and acquiring pint glasses from microbrewery tours. I am also a father of two, which is my favorite role; we love to hike, watch Star Wars, follow baseball, and play board games together.