Ph.D., Philosophy, Saint Louis University, October 2008
Dissertation: The Truthmakers for Modal Truths in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas
Committee: Eleonore Stump (Chair), Scott Berman, and Joseph Salerno
Academic Positions and Employment
Visiting Assistant Professor through the Analytic Theology Residential Fellowship, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, 2012-2013
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Saint Thomas, 2008-
Areas of Specialization
Thomistic Philosophy (esp. Metaphysics)
Philosophy of Religion
Areas of Competence
Publications: Articles and Book Chapters
"Nine Problems (And Even More Solutions) for Powers Accounts of Possibility" in Putting Powers to Work: Causal Powers in Contemporary Metaphysics (ed. Jonathan D. Jacobs, Oxford University Press, USA, 2013): forthcoming.
"Change, Difference, and Orthodox Truthmaker Theory," The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2013.839726.
"The Freedom of Christ and Explanatory Priority," Religious Studies, forthcoming.
"Stone's Evidential Atheism: A Critique," Faith and Philosophy, 30.3 (2013): 317-329.
"Heavenly Freedom: A Response to Cowan" (coauthored with Kevin Timpe), Faith and Philosophy 30.2 (2013): 188-197.
"Traditional Christian Theism and Truthmaker Maximalism," The European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4.1 (2012): 197-218.
"Transubstantiation, Tropes, and Truthmakers," The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86.1 (2012): 71-96.
"The Five Ways" in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas, ed. Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump, Oxford University Press, USA, 2012): 115-131.
"The Five Ways" in Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy (ed. Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011): 9-17.
"The Possibility Principle and the Truthmakers for Modal Truths," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88.3 (2010): 417-428.
"Incompatibilism, Sin, and Free Will in Heaven," (co-authored with Kevin Timpe), Faith and Philosophy 26.4 (2009): 398-419.
Publications: Encyclopedia Entries
"Divine Immutability," The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2009
"St. Thomas Aquinas" The Literary Encyclopedia, 2009
Publications: Reviews and Booknotes
James E. Dolezal’s God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness, Pickwick Publications, 2011; Faith and Philosophy, forthcoming.
Lukáš Novák, Daniel D. Novotný, Prokop Sousedík, and David Svoboda (eds.) Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic, Ontos Verlag, 2012; Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2012. http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/36444-metaphysics-aristotelian-scholastic-analytic/
Paul Weingartner's God's Existence: Can it be Proven? A Logical Commentary on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas, Ontos Verlag, 2010; The European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 3:1 (2011): 243-248.
Mark Ian Thomas Robson's Ontology and Providence in Creation: Taking Ex Nihilo Seriously, Continuum, 2008; Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2009.
Peter van Inwagen's The Problem of Evil (O.U.P, 2006), in Religious Studies Review 36.1 (2010): 52-53. [booknote]
Christian Moevs' The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy (O.U.P., 2005), in Religious Studies Review 32.2 (2006): 115. [booknote]