I am interested in numerous areas of philosophy and teach a wide diversity of courses here at Grossmont. Mainly, I have specialized in the History of Philosophy within the Modern Period, but I am also interested in the Philosophy of Science and the connection between Philosophy and Human Happiness. Here is a bit about my academic and teaching background.
Areas of Specialization
Early Modern Philosophy: 17th Century, British Rationalism & Empiricism
Topics in the Philosophy of Science: Underdetermination, Naturalism (especially the work of WVO Quine)
Areas of Competence
Early Modern Philosophy: 18th Century, Proto-Feminism
PhD 2005, University of California, Irvine
Dissertation Title: “John Norris’ Theory of Ideas: A Re-evaluation of the English Malebranche”
MA 2002, University of California, Irvine.
Topic: Underdetermination of Theories in the Works of WVO Quine
Topic: Metaphysical Doubt and the Cartesian Circle
BA 1994, California State University, Los Angeles
I have taught hundreds of college students over many years. I enjoy assisting students succeed in their specialized goals, and enjoy learning from students as well. How students perceive the material always forces me to rethink Philosophy. I have had the pleasure of working with Grossmont students for seven semesters as of Spring 2008. I have also instructed students at California State University, Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine.
“John Norris,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = < http://plato.stanford.edu/ >. Invited Entry.
“Norris’ Refutation of Locke’s Thinking Matter Hypothesis,” (under submission)
Grossmont College Committee Membership
Modern Philosophy: 17th Century
Spinoza & Leibniz
Leibniz & Malebranche
Locke & Descartes
Leibniz & Locke
Modern Philosophy: 18th Century
The History of Modern Philosophy
Kant's Transcendental Analytic
Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic
Dialectic and Reality
History of Ancient Philosophy
History of Ancient Science
Philosophy of Science, Logic and Philosophy of Language