Overview of Current Research

Like the philosopher cliché, I’m interested in the meaning of life: I want to understand how we find and make meaning in our lives, and the image of ourselves that becomes manifest in this meaning-making activity. But I’m especially interested in the moments where that self-image gets punctured and what those moments teach us about the possibility of human flourishing. That’s led me to think about existential anxiety, human animality, and play, among other things. I draw inspiration from philosophers in both the analytic and continental traditions, and I have a particular interest in Wittgenstein and Heidegger.

Books

The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday (Oxford University Press, 2019) (publisher site) (book abstract) (book introduction)

Wittgenstein and Heidegger, co-edited with Stephen Reynolds and Aaron James Wendland (Routledge 2013) (publisher site)

Published articles

Rehabilitating Austin, Reassessing Grice: The Case of Cancellability. Archiv für die Geschichte der Philosophie 100:4, 469–90 (2018)

Literature and Thought Experiments. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74:2, 139–50 (2016)

The Authenticity of the Ordinary. In Egan, Reynolds, and Wendland (eds.), Wittgenstein and Heidegger, 66–81 (2013)

Playing Well: Wittgenstein’s Language-Games and the Ethics of Discourse. In Ryall, Russell, and MacLean (eds.), The Philosophy of Play, 54-63 (2013)

Das Man and Distantiality in Being and Time. Inquiry 55:3, 289–306 (2012)

Pictures in Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy. Philosophical Investigations 34:1, 55–76 (2011)

Works in progress or under review

Rule Following, Anxiety, and Authenticity. Revise and resubmit at Mind.

Games and Stories. Revise and resubmit at British Journal of Aesthetics

Death, Demise, and Nibbāna: Interpreting Heidegger on “Being-towards-Death.” Under review

Wittgenstein’s Fictions. In progress.

Wittgenstein’s Confessions: Reading Philosophical Investigations with St. Augustine. In progress.

Homo neotenicus and Homo ludens. In progress.

Philosophical writing for a non-specialist audience

Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein v Heraclitus. Aeon (2019)

Calling Bullshit. The Point (2018)

Speaking Nonsense. The Point (2017)

Donald Trump’s Victory Shows Why We Need Philosophy Students More Than Ever (with Simona Aimar). Times Higher Education (2017)

All Made Up. The Point (2016)

Children and Animals. The Point (2012)