One of my current research projects is devoted to elaborating and defending a broadly Aristotelian conception of human persons. I’m especially attracted to the version of this conception developed by the medieval philosopher and theologian, Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274). As a result, most of my work to date on this project takes his conception as its starting point. (See in particular my monograph, Aquinas’s Ontology of the Material World, Chs 12-13.)
Universals and Individuation
Another of my current research projects has to do with the relationship between medieval and contemporary debates about universals and individuation. In my article, “Aquinas on the Problem of Universals,” which represents the most recent fruits of this project, I argue that substantive engagement with medieval debates has much to contribute to our contemporary understanding of these issues. In future work, I hope to show that the reverse is true as well—that substantive engagement with contemporary metaphysical debates also has a genuine contribution to make to the proper understanding of medieval views about universals and individuation.
Reason and Faith
2013–15: Co-PI (with Michael Bergmann) for a Grant on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne”, John Templeton Foundation ($60K). This project has two main components:
- An international conference, hosted at Purdue University (videos of all sessions are available from the conference website).
- A volume of new essays in philosophy of religion, published by Oxford University Press (details available from the publisher’s website).