McMicken Hall, ML 0374 University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH 45221-0374
I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.
My work concerns problems of knowledge and knowledge organization in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the present.
My early-modern research is about the changing interrelations of metaphysics, natural science, and mathematics. It focuses on three overlapping areas:
views regarding the reduction and metaphysical grounding of some branches of knowledge in others.
early modern forms of demonstration and natural philosophical methodology, with an emphasis on how epistemological stances developed in response to pressures from metaphysics and the natural sciences.
the metaphysical underpinnings of physical science, particularly matter theory and accounts of space.
In particular, my long-term project shows -- and makes philosophical space for the idea -- that philosophical system-building in early modernity was anti-reductionist, even when explicitly foundationalist. I focus on Descartes, Hobbes, and Newton.
My present-day work focuses on the methodological, philosophical, and cultural implications of data analytics and data science.