I specialize in 17th and 18th-Century philosophy, especially the philosophy and reception of Blaise Pascal. Generally, my research investigates how early modern conceptions of being and knowledge shape the ethical and political theories of those philosophers. While Pascal is not typically known as a metaphysician, his metaphysics are crucial for understanding his two-tiered epistemology and ethics. Importantly, Pascal leaves a path for living well and scientific inquiry in both modes. Part of this research is seeing how Pascal was received in the 17th and 18th century; I will be spending Summer 2021 in France and Scotland conducting archival research exploring the French, and any relevant Pascalian, source material used by Hume when authoring his skeptical solution to doubt.
In contextualizing Pascal's philosophy, my work also encompasses philosophers in conversation with Pascal including Descartes, Jacqueline Pascal, Leibniz, and Hume. I am also published on Thomas Hobbes's philosophy.
I am also engaged with Mary Shepherd's metaphysics and philosophy of religion. Her critique of Berkeley and Hume provides a teleological argument that, within the framework of her metaphysics, overcomes Hume’s criticisms of teleological arguments themselves while also anticipating Darwinian objections. Presently I am studying her cosmological argument laying the theoretical foundation for her teleological argument.