Research

I study the history of modern philosophy, focusing on questions of mind and psychology in the 17th Century. My specialty is Spinoza.

My recently published work has addressed Spinoza's views on adequate knowledge, innate ideas, the affectsakrasia, and, more recently, the concept of evil. I have also recently completed a book, titled, The Spiritual Automaton: Spinoza's Science of the Mind, published by Oxford University Press in December of 2013.

In the 2013-14 academic year, I am a Fellow at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. While in residence, I am working on the philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, particularly her views on the mind, her naturalism, and her arguments for panpsychism. I also hope to do some work on her proto-science fictional, quasi-feminist utopian adventure story, The Blazing World

In the future, I shall continue working on Spinoza and Cavendish, but I shall also expand my work on early modern naturalism, panpsychism, and vitalism in the 17th Century.

You may also read a longer more formal research statement.

Most of my published work can be accessed directly via my PhilPapers profile.