I'm late to update this page: 2015 was not my favorite
year. I lost my wife to cancer after 34 years of marriage. Dianne
was a relentless crusader for educational opportunity, adequacy,
and equity. It is a shame that she did not live to see the trial
for which she worked for so many years, currently in process in
Connecticut. Her passing leaves a hole, not only in my life, but
in the community of people advocating for a better educational
The original website of the Wilfrid Sellars Society has been shut down in favor of a Facebook
page. I hope that enables us to spread the word still further.
If you've got even a distant interest in Sellars's work or ideas,
please join up to communicate with others so interested. The series
Henry Jackman and I co-edit, Routledge Studies in American
Philosophy, was renamed (slightly) when Pickering & Chatto
was acquired by Taylor & Francis. The first few books in the
series are out and more are on the way. If you've got a manuscript
on or in American philosophy, let's talk!
There were two excellent conferences on Sellars this past summer,
one at Kent State University, one at the University of Erlangen.
Kudos to the organizers!
I am very happy to say that my sabbatical arrives next year,
and, thanks to the generosity of the Faculty Scholars Program
here at UNH, it will extend for the full year. I'm not yet sure
where I'll be, but the effort will be writing a book that tries
to articulate what I think a proper naturalism is. After this
past year, it feels like I have to re-acquaint myself with my
work, like getting to know an old friend one hasn't seen in years.
How much has changed?
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