My primary research interests include the metaphysics of ordinary objects, parts and wholes, composition, modality, and fictionalism.
My monograph, Parts and Wholes, is forthcoming in Cambridge Elements in Metaphysics (Cambridge University Press).
Abstract. The Odd Universe argument aims to show that from four intuitive assumptions about parts and wholes, we can conclude a priori that there is an odd number of things in the universe. Parts and Wholes is an opinionated survey of philosophical issues involving parthood, composition, identity, and counting, guided by an investigation into where this argument has gone awry.
Two of my papers – “Mental Fictionalism” and “Mental Fictionalism: a foothold amid deflationary collapse” – recently came out in T. Demeter, T. Parent, and A. Toon (eds.), Mental Fictionalism: Philosophical Explorations (Routledge), an anthology on the topic of mental fictionalism (April 2022).
Published – Professional Philosophy
forth. – Parts and Wholes – Cambridge Elements in Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press.
2022 – “Mental fictionalism – a foothold amid deflationary collapse ” (draft); T. Demeter, T. Parent, and A. Toon (eds.), Mental Fictionalism: Philosophical Explorations (Routledge) 2022
2014 – “Composition as Identity, Mereological Essentialism, and Modal Parts” in Composition as Identity, eds. Donald Baxter and Aaron Cotnoir, OUP (2014)
2013 – “Counterparts and Compositional Nihilism: A Reply to A. J. Cotnoir” in Thought: A Journal of Philosophy vol. 2 (3): 242-247 (2013)
Published – Public Philosophy & Pedagogy
2022 – “Circus and Philosophy: Teaching Aristotle Through Juggling” revised reprint in CircusTalk
2021 – “Circus and Philosophy: Teaching Aristotle Through Juggling” in Aesthetics for Birds
Under Contract – In Progress:
Transworld Objects: A Theory of Modal Parts – manuscript in progress
“Transworld Persons” – in progress
“Choose Your Own Essentia!” – in progress
“In Defense of the Spectacle” – in progress