I'm a philosopher of the sciences with a background in scientific practice. That is, I studied and worked in various scientific fields before becoming a philosopher. Now I work on topics in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of chemistry, the philosophy of paleontology, other areas throughout the study of science and technology, and general philosophy of science. I also work on issues in biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and research ethics. My general philosophical approach is to apply carefully gathered knowledge of scientific cases and practices to my own and others' assumptions about metaphysics, epistemology, and value. I also do occasional work in non-traditional aesthetics, for a bit of philosophical fun.
I have a BA in the Philosophy of Life Science, an MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy and Science Studies. I got my PhD at the University of California in San Diego, where my dissertation work focused on the individuation and classification of biological and chemical kinds. After graduating, I took a postdoc at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where I helped to initiate the museum's Conceptual Foundations of Science project. During my time as the museum's Philosopher-in-Residence, I contributed to both philosophical and scientific work on concepts like holotypes, homology, and species. On August 15, 2015 I'll join the Philosophy Department at Oakland University in Detroit as an Assistant Professor.
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