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Wilmore, KY 40390

Given my preferences -- which include a very strong desire not to waste my time on AI-generated messages that may or may not accurately reflect the sender's mind, a desire not to spend too much time responding to communication that would never have been initiated if modern communication still required a reasonable degree of investment, and a preference for communication to which I can give attention as my schedule allows -- I plan, all else being equal, to give priority in the following order:

• in-person conversation
• handwritten letters/notes
• emails that appear meaningful
• audio/video calls

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Asbury University. My research focuses on a philosopher of the Spanish Golden Age, Francisco Suárez (1548-1617). Though he was long highly-regarded and was one of the primary conduits between medieval scholasticism and early modern philosophy, Suárez has been rather neglected in recent scholarship. I started out looking at his views in ethics, but I am also interested in his metaphysics.

In addition to Suárez, I am interested more generally in the history of ethics, especially the medieval and early modern periods. I am also interested in philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and epistemology, again especially as discussed in the medieval and early modern periods.

You can find a bit more about me here and a good deal more about my research here.


January 28, 2024

Uploaded a translation of De Deo Uno et Trino III.3.1, in which Suárez argues that there is a real distinction between the persons of the Trinity, not merely a conceptual or modal one.

August 14, 2023

Did a major update of the bibliography, adding many dozens of new entries. Despite my efforts, I have no doubt that I have still missed numerous items, so, as always, I will be grateful to anyone who brings missed items to my attention.

December 29, 2020

Added dozens of new entries to the bibliography.

November 20, 2019

Added dozens of new entries to the bibliography.

April 9, 2019

Uploaded a translation of DM 13.9, in which Suárez asks what the causality of matter is and includes some interesting remarks on the mode of union between matter and form.

June 18, 2018

Uploaded a translation of DBM 6.4, in which Suárez asks whether the goodness an interior act of the will receives from its end is something real added to the act or is an extrinsic denomination.

June 8, 2018

Added many new entries to the bibliography.