The common thread that runs through my diverse research interests is an interest in how we find and make meaning in our lives, and the image of ourselves that becomes manifest in this meaning-making activity. 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.
The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday (Oxford University Press, 2019) (publisher site) (book abstract) (book introduction) (Review in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)
Wittgenstein and Heidegger, co-edited with Stephen Reynolds and Aaron James Wendland (Routledge 2013) (publisher site)
Published and forthcoming articles
Wittgenstein’s Confessions: Reading Philosophical Investigations with St. Augustine. Forthcoming in The Heythrop Journal.
Rule Following, Anxiety, and Authenticity. Forthcoming in Mind.
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)
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
Games and Stories. Revise and resubmit at British Journal of Aesthetics.
Death, Demise, and Nibbāna: Interpreting Heidegger on “Being-towards-death.” In progress.
Wittgenstein’s Fictions. In progress.
Homo neotenicus and Homo ludens. In progress.
Philosophical writing for a non-specialist audience
The Moral Conflict Between Environmentalism and Animal Welfare. New Statesman (2020)
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)