St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN
Focus of Dissertation and Advisor
I worked with Rudi Makkreel on my dissertation, which was concerned with Kant's theory of action, and especially with the question of the role of feeling in Kant's theory of motivation.
Teaching Interests and Location
I am currently teaching at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I have been since graduating Emory in 1996. My main areas of teaching include Kant (ethics and epistemology), the history of modern philosophy from Descartes to Kant, ethics, moral psychology, and occasional stints in our Great Books program (called "The Great Conversation")
In 2005, I published Kant and the Ethics of Humility: A Story of Dependence, Corruption and Virtue (Cambridge University Press). I have also published in Kant-Studien and the Journal of the History of Philosophy. Currently, in addition to completing further work in Kant's virtue ethics, I am also working on a new book manuscript about Kant's notion of freedom. I am particularly interested in articulating the limits of finite freedom for Kant, and investigating the debts Kant has to certain 17 th century figures in this account.