Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

My research focuses on a cluster of related issues surrounding the nature, origin, and force of our obligations to ourselves and others. Within this general domain, my current work is on enlightened self-interest both within Western perspectives (neo-Kantian ethical constructivism and philosophical psychology) and Eastern traditions (Yogic philosophy and Buddhism). I argue that as people become better acquainted with themselves and the world, that natural motivations for caring about others often converge with philosophical arguments for governing our relationships with respect, kindness, and love. 

AOS: Meta-ethics, Philosophical Psychology, Multicultural Ethics
AOC: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Normative Ethics, and Business Ethics


Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

“Is Yogic Philosophy Dependent Upon God?” in Philosophy of Spirituality, co-edited by Heather Salazar and Rod Nicholls, Brill Publishing, forthcoming 2017

“How Good Are Your Reasons to go to Heaven?” in Heaven and Philosophy, ed. by Simon Cushing, Lexington Press, forthcoming, 2017

“Descartes’ and PataƱjali’s Conceptions of the Self,” Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, December 2014 

“A Fate Worse than Death?” Futurama and Philosophy, Philosophy and Popular Culture Series, ed. by Shaun Young and Court Lewis. Open Court, 2013

“Self-Interest,” The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Series on Ethics and Morality (Print Volume), ed. by Robert Fastiggi. Gale Cengage Learning, 2013


“Why Are You Standing on My Yoga Mat?!” in Yoga and Philosophy: Bending Mind and Body, ed. by Liz Swan. Blackwell, 2012

“Competition and Reasons of Autonomy: A Rejection of Korsgaard’s Theory of Reasons,” in An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, vol. II, ed. Patricia Hannah.  Athens, Greece: ATINER, 2008

“Kantian Business Ethics,” in Business in Ethical Focus, ed. Fritz Allhoff and Anand J. Vaidya. Broadview Press, 2008


Mind, Self, and World
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Research in Philosophical Psychology 
History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Philosophy of Fashion
Personality and Ethics
Business Ethics
Ethics and Literature
Ethics and Hispanic Literature
Historical Ethics
Multicultural Ethics/Ethics Across the Continents/Ethics East, West and South