Research

My primary research interests lie in medieval and early modern metaphysics—especially the metaphysics of causation, explanation, and intrinsic change. I also have intersecting interests in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and the history and philosophy of science. My recent publications have focused on efficient causation in the scholastic philosopher Francisco Suárez (1548–1617). My current research program aims to explain further the historical and philosophical significance of Suárez's theory of causation, with special emphasis on his role as a transitional figure between the late medieval and early modern periods. Because medieval theories of causation are not well understood, one part of this project aims to clarify the ways in which earlier scholastic figures—such as Thomas Aquinas, Durand of Saint-Pourçain, and William Ockham—understood the nature of causation. The other part of my project examines how scholastic accounts of causation informed early modern debates about causation and the laws of nature.

If you'd like to have a look at one of my unpublished papers or translations, please feel free to contact me.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • 'Suárez's Metaphysics of Active Powers,' Review of Metaphysics (conditionally accepted).
  • 'Suárez on Creation and Intrinsic Change,' American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 93(2019): 29–51.
  • 'Suárez's Non-Reductive Theory of Efficient Causation,' Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 4(2016): 125–58. (Received the Founders Award from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy.)
  • 'Composite Substances as True Wholes: Toward a Modified Nyaya-Vaisesika Theory of Composite Substances' (with John Kronen). Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41(2011): 289–316.

Book Review

Under Review or Revision

  • One title omitted for blind review.

In Preparation

  • 'Three Theories of Divine Causation: Durand, Suárez, and Malebranche.' In Divine Causation: Essays in Philosophical Theology. Edited by Greg Ganssle. (Under contract with Routledge.)
  • A series of papers on historical theories of causation, a book-length translation, and a paper on Anselm's ontological argument.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  • 'Aquinas on Action, Passion, and Intrinsic Change.' Annual Symposium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, session on medieval theories of efficient causation. Saint Louis University, June 2019.
  • 'Aquinas on Action, Passion, and Intrinsic Change.' American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy satellite session. San Diego, March 2018.
  • 'Suárez's Non-Reductive Theory of Efficient Causation.' American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy satellite session. Washington, DC, January 2016.
  • 'Suárez's Metaphysics of Creation.' American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy satellite session. Boston, October 2015.
  • 'Suárez on the Nature and Definition of Active Causal Powers.' Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. Marquette University, June 2014.
  • 'Suárez's Non-Reductive Account of Action.' Workshop on Ancient and Medieval Interpretations of Aristotle's Categories. Franciscan University of Steubenville, April 2012.
  • 'The Structure of Efficient-Causal Situations in Suárez's Metaphysical Disputations. Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. Marquette University, June 2011.
  • 'The Structure of Efficient-Causal Situations in Suárez's Metaphysical Disputations. Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic. Czech Academy of Sciences, July 2010.
  • 'No Miracles, and No Questions Begged?' Indiana Philosophical Association, November 2008.
  • 'Composite Substances as True Wholes: Toward a Modified Nyaya-Vaisesika Theory of Composite Substances' (with John Kronen). Minnesota Philosophical Society, October 2006 (presented by John Kronen).

Invited Presentations and Comments

  • Title to be announced. American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy satellite session on Francisco Suárez. Minneapolis, November 2019.
  • 'Suárez's Metaphysics of Active Powers.' School of Philosophy, the Catholic University of America, March 2019.
  • 'Aquinas on Action, Passion, and Intrinsic Change.' Gonzaga University, Department of Philosophy Colloquium, November 2018.
  • Comments on Chad Engelland's 'Dispositive Causality and the Art of Medicine.' American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting. Dallas, November 2017.
  • Comments on Stephen Baldner's 'Thomas Aquinas and Francisco Suárez on the Problem of Concurrence.' American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, November 2016.
  • 'Suárez's Metaphysics of Creation.' Workshop on Medieval Natural Philosophy, in conjunction with the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) Annual Meeting. University of St. Thomas (MN), June 2016.
  • 'Suárez's Metaphysics of Creation.' Moody Conference in Medieval Philosophy and Logic. University of California, Los Angeles, March 2016.
  • 'Plato and Aristotle on Goodness and the Form of the Good.' Caldwell University, Department of Theology and Philosophy, March 2015.
  • 'Suárez's Metaphysics of Active Powers.' Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy, May 2014.
  • 'Suárez's Theory of Efficient Causation.' Gonzaga University, Department of Philosophy, June 2013.
  • 'Suárez's Theory of Efficient Causation.' University of North Carolina-Asheville, Department of Philosophy, June 2013.