A new Academic Year means time to update the old homepage.
The Sellars Centenary conference in Dublin was a wonderful affair:
Lots of good papers, a chance to see old friends and meet new
ones, a first-rate venue, and a lovely city. Also worth mentioning
is the founding of the Wilfrid Sellars Society. If you've got even a distant interest
in Sellars's work or ideas, please join up to communicate with
others so interested. The big project this summer has been reconstructing
an Introduction to Philosophy course that would work with a class
of 100+ students (and no TA). I have also begun my year of service
as chair of the Faculty Senate. No summer downtime in that job.
Ontology and the Completeness of
Sellars's Two Images appeared
recently in Humana.Mente. Several things also showed up in print
in the fall of 2011: "Brandom and the Spirit of Hegel,""Von der wechselseitigen Abhängigkeit
von Intentionalität und praktischer Vernunft: eine metabegriffliche
Argumentation", and summaries of Sellars's
argument against the given and the Rylean argument in Just the Arguments.
My research interests
are pretty broad, covering most metaphysics and epistemology,
as well as the history of philosophy. I have been particularly
interested in the Philosophy of Mind and German Idealism.
I've got a book on Hegel's Theory of Mental Activity (available for
download at this site) and a (defunct) textbook, Reality, Knowledge, and the Good Life.
A collaboration with my colleague Timm Triplett, Knowledge, Mind, and the Given: Reading Wilfrid Sellars's
"Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind," came
out from Hackett Publishing in 2000. (We're also working
on a set of dialogues debating Sellars's success, but that's going
pretty slowly. Some of the dialogues are starting to show up in
print, though!) I have published a critical overview of Wilfrid
Sellars's philosophy, out from Acumen Publishing/McGill-Queen's
University Press. More recently, there is Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism:
Essays on Wilfrid Sellars Available
now through all good bookshops, or direct from Oxford University