Curriculum Vitae



Emory University, MA in Philosophy 1990, PhD in Philosophy 1992.

  1. Doctoral Dissertation: Skepticism and the Promise of Philosophy: An Essay on the Pyrrhonism of David Hume.  Director: Donald W. Livingston. Readers: Donald Rutherford, Anne Hartle, Donald Verene, and Carl Page.  An interpretation of Hume’s skepticism, assessing its roots in Hellenistic thought, and an appraisal of Hume’s vision of skeptical philosophical activity.  Announced in the Review of Metaphysics 44.1, no 181 (September, 1992): 215.

  2. Fulbright Fellowship to the United Kingdom (1990-1991), visiting student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  3. Lewis White Beck Fellowship, presented by Emory University to a graduate student for outstanding dissertation research (1991).

  4. Emory University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Research in the Arts and Sciences (1989) for my essay, "Skepticism in the Light of  Comparison: Some Reflections on Hume, Wittgenstein, and Sextus Empiricus."

  5. George R. Woodruff Fellowship (1986-89) one of seven, full-tuition and stipend fellowships awarded annually to students entering the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Emory.

Bucknell University, BA in Philosophy and BA in Economics, 1985.

  1. Summa cum laude

  2. Phi Beta Kappa.

  3. Honors thesis: “Situating Economics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science.”  Director: Joseph P. Fell.  Readers: Richard Fleming and Francis Wilson.

  4. W. Preston Warren Award, presented by the Department of Philosophy to a student showing excellence and promise in philosophy (1985).

  5. William C. Gretzinger Prize, for graduating with the highest standing in economics (1985).

  6. Harold W. Miller Award, best honors thesis of the class of 1985.

  7. Agnes Archer Warren Award, excellence in interdisciplinary studies (1985).

  8. Omicron Delta Epsilon, economies honor society (1984).

  9. Phi Eta Sigma, freshman honor society (1982).

University of Edinburgh, Fulbright Student (1989-90).

Université Stendhal (Grenoble III), Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (July 1988).

Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Deutschkurse für Auslander (July-August 1987).

London School of Economics (L.S.E.) (Lent Term 1984).


Current and Recent Professional Posts

  1. Editor-in-Chief CogentOA: Arts & Humanities (2014- )

  2. David Hume Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh (2013-14).

  3. Professor of Philosophy, Transylvania University (chair 1999-2008, 2009-13)).

  4. Chair of PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics), Transylvania University (2012-)

  5. Acting Director and Professor of Philosophy, Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), Istanbul Program 2010, director in 2013.

  6. Contributing Editor, The Philosophers' Magazine (2002-08).

  7. Director, Bingham-Young program on “Liberty, Security, and Justice” (2004-06).

  8. Panelist on “AskPhilosophers.Org”  (2007-).

  9. Editorial board, The Journal of Transcendent Philosophy.

Selected Honors and Awards

  1. Featured speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council (2007).

  2. Acorn Award 2006, awarded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and the Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship for outstanding professor at a Kentucky public or independent college or university.

  3. Professor of the Year, Transylvania University (2005).

  4. Bingham-Young Professorship (2004-06). Directed two-year campus-wide program on “Liberty, Security, and Justice,” with a budget of $50,000.

  5. Bingham Award for Teaching Excellence (1998).



  1. 8.Co-author with Galen Foresman & Jamie Watson, The Critical Thinking Toolkit (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell). [Under contract; expected 2014.]

  1. 7.Editor, The Big Lebowski and Philosophy (Malden, MA: Wiley, 2012). ISBN: 978-1-1180-7456-5. xii +281 pp.

  1. 6.Co-author with Julian Baggini, The Philosopher’s Toolkit, second edition (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), ISBN 978-1-4051-9018-3. xvi + 276 pp. + index.

  1. 5.Co-editor with David E. Cooper, ed., Philosophy: The Classic Readings (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Ltd., 2009). ISBN 978-1405145855. xlii + 1,364 pp.

  1. 4.Co-author with Julian Baggini, The Ethics Toolkit (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Ltd., 2007) ISBN 978-1-4051-3230-5. xvii + pp. 246 + index Translated into:

  2. Japanese: Tokyo: Kyoritsu Shuppan Co., Ltd.

  3. Polish: Przybornik etyka (Warszawa: Instytut Wydawniczy PAX, 2010) ISBN 978-83-211-1870-3.

  4. Korean: Seokwangsa Publishing Co.

  1. 3.Co-author with Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Toolkit (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 2003) ISBN 0-631-22873-X. Translated into six languages (for more detail on foreign languages editions click here):

  2. Polish: Przybornik filozofa . Kompendium pojęć i metod filozoficznych (Warszawa: Instytut Wydawniczy PAX, 2010) ISBN 978-83-211-1869-7.

  3. Chinese: 哲學家的工具箱 (Taipei: Rye Field Publications, 2007) ISBN 978-986-173-288-6.

  4. Japanese: 哲学の道具箱 (Tokyo: Kyoritsu Shuppan Co., Ltd., 2007) ISBN 978-4-320-00573-0.

  5. Korean: 철학자의 연장통. 개념과 방법의 일람표 (Seokwangsa Publishing Company, 2007) ISBN 978-89-306-0219-8.

  6. Greek: Ta ergaleia tou pilosofou (Athens: Kastaniotis Editions, 2005) ISBN 960-03-4064.

  7. Portuguese: Ferramentas dos Filósofos (São Paulo: Edições Loyola SA, 2005). ISBN 9788515035281.

  1. 2.Co-editor with Leemon McHenry, British Philosophers, 1800-2000, volume 262, the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc. 2002) ISBN 0-7876-6006-X. General Introduction mine.

  1. 1.Co-editor with Philip Dematteis, British Philosophers, 1500-1799, volume 252 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc., 2002). ISBN 0-7876-4669-5. General Introduction and Hume entry mine.


Articles and Anthology Contributions

  1. 48. “Imagining the Self in the Films of Christopher Nolan,” in The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan, edited by George Dunn and Jason Eberl (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, forthcoming).

  1. 47.“Natural Doubts and the Recovery of the Ordinary in Hume and Cavell” in Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies 3 (2015) in press.

  1. 46.“Family, Place, and Duty on the Dark and Bloody Ground” in Justified and Philosophy, edited by Robert Arp (Chicago: Open Court, 2015); in press.

  1. 45.[Invited.] “Scepticism and Naturalism in Hume,” in Stanley Cavell and Skepticism, a special issue of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 4 (2014): 1-26. edited by Duncan Pritchard and Diego Machuca  for the series, Brill Studies in Skepticism (Leiden: Brill).

  1. 44.[Invited.] “Anarchy and Authenticity: Why SAMCRO Shouldn’t Fight History,” in Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy, edited by George Dunn and Jason Eberl (Malden: Wiley & Sons, 2013), 201-13.

  1. 43.[Invited.] “Sons of History: How SAMCRO Lost and then Found its Way,” in Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy, edited by George Dunn and Jason Eberl (Malden: Wiley & Sons, 2013). 189-200.

  1. 42.[Invited.] “Habit, Custom, History, and Hume’s Critical Philosophy” [invited] in A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu, edited by Tom Sparrow and Adam Hutcheson (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books), 133-51; ISBN 978-0-7391-8199-7. Also published in Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Volume 7, David Hume: A Tercentenary Tribute, edited by Stanley Tweyman (Ann Arbor, MI: Caravan Books, 2013).

  1. 41.“American Despair in an Age of Hope,” in Salmagundi Magazine 176 (Fall 2012): 99-126. Commentary by Stewart Justman (University of Montana), “Abusing the Dead,” 127-37; with my reply, 138-43.

  1. 40.With Evan Brown, “Bowling, Despair, and American Nihilism,” in The Big Lebowski and Philosophy (Malden, MA: Wiley, 2012), 147-58.

  1. 39.Seven entries in Alexander George with Elisa Mai, eds., What Should I Do? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011): sado-masochism (pp. 19-20), sincerity (p. 36), death (pp. 48-49); medical ethics (pp. 65-66); duties to others (pp. 91-92); animal ethics (pp. 106-07); law and religion (pp. 112-14). ISBN: 978-0199586127.

  1. 38.“Skepticism and Naturalism in Hume,” in Skepticism and Knowledge, volume 5 of Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, edited by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O’Rourke, and Harry S. Silverstein (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010) 301-32. ISBN 978-0-262-51396-8. A revised version published as “Skepticism and the Possibility of Nature” in Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy, edited by Diego R. Machuca (New York: Springer, 2011), 145-70. ISBN 978-94-007-1990-3.

  1. 37.“Joseph Buchanan: American Psychologist,” Transylvania Treasures 2.2 (Summer, 2009), 10-11.

  1. 36.With Eli Fosl, “Vampire Dämmerung: What can Twilight Tell us About God?” in Twilight and Philosophy, edited by Rebecca Housel (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009), 63-78; ISBN 978--0-470-48423-4.

  1. 35.“Should John Connor Save the World?” in The Terminator and Philosophy, edited by Richard Brown (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2009), 218-35; ISBN 978-0470-44798-7.

  1. 34.“Show Me the Money.”  Forum on “Secrets of Philosophy” in The Philosophers’ Magazine 44 (1st Quarter 2009), 81-82.

  1. 33.Four entries in the Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, edited by Mark G. Spencer (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2014). ISBN 978-0826479693.

  2. Joseph Buchanan

  3. Daniel Drake

  4. Constantine Samuel Rafinesque

  5. Scepticism.

  1. 32.“Are the Heroes Really Good?” in Heroes and Philosophy, edited by David Johnson (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2008), 240-53; ISBN 978-0-470-37338-5.

  1. 31.“Philosophy and Rock and Roll” in Meϕisto 1.2 (October 2007), 4-5. A publication of the Universidad de Madrid.

  1. 30.“Richard Rorty.” [Obituary] The Philosophers’ Magazine 39 (Fall 2007), 6-8.

  1. 29.“Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt,” in Lost and Philosophy, edited by Sharon Kaye (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2007), 159-76 (Chapter 14); ISBN 978-1-4051-6315-6. Second edition (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, 2011), pp. 164-86. ISBN 978-0-470-63229-1.

  1. 28. Entries on war, race, death, and medical ethics in, What Would Socrates Say? Philosophers Answer Your Questions About Love, Nothingness, and Everything Else, edited by Alexander George (New York: Clarkson Potter, 2007), pp. 100-02, 116-17, 150-51, 210-11; ISBN 978-307-35127-2. Also published as I Am, Therefore I Think: Philosophers Answer Your Questions about Love, Nothingness, and Everything Else, edited by Alexander George (London: Sceptre, 2007), 108-11, 123-25, 245-46, 247-48; ISBN 978-0340937891.

  1. 27. “The Immorality of Morality,” in Metallica and Philosophy, edited by William Irwin (Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell, Ltd.. 2007), 74-86; ISBN 978-1-4051-6348-4. Also published on Reprinted in Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, from Hume to House, edited by William Irwin and David Kyle Johnson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 185-93. ISBN 978-1444334531.

  1. 26. “Righteous Blasphemy,” The Philosophers’ Magazine 35 (Third Quarter 2006): 70-77, with readers’ responses and author’s replies.  Published online by TPM, as well; re-published on biologist and evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins’s web site (, article 100; lampooned in a cartoon appearing at; discussed on various web sites across Europe, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, Romania., and Scandinavia.

  1. 25. Entry on John Duns Scotus in Great Thinkers A-Z, edited by Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom (New York & London: Continuum International Publishing, 2004), 221-22. ISBN 0-9264-7326-1.

  1. 24. Entry on Michel de Montaigne in Great Thinkers A-Z, edited by Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom (New York & London: Continuum International Publishing, 2004), 163-64. ISBN 0-9264-7326-1.

  1. 23. "Cracks in the Cement of the Universe: Hume, Science, and Skepticism." In Imagining Science: Expressions of New Knowledge in the “Long” Eighteenth Century, edited by Kevin L. Cope and Robert C. Leitz (New York: AMS Press, 2004), 257-90. [Part of a Festschrift collected in honor of the opening of the James Smith Noel Collection of 18th-century documents and artifacts.] ISBN 0-404-63543-1.

  1. 22.The “Conceptual Carvery” [A serial column on philosophical issues appearing in The Philosophers’ Magazine:]

  2. “A New Series on How to Make those Vital Conceptual Distinctions: Conditionals,” Issue 21 (1st quarter 2003) 54 

  3. “On Telling Madonna’s Essence from her Accidents,” 22 (2nd quarter 2003) 51

  4. “Thinking on and off your Butt,” 23 (3rd quarter 2003) 56

  5. “It’s All Absolutely Relative,” 24 (4th quarter 2003) 56

  6. “Helping You Through Thick and Thin,” 25 (1st quarter 2004) 50

  7. “When to be a Realist and When Not to,” 26 (2nd quarter 2004) 56

  8. “On What is Necessary and Sufficient,” 27 (3rd quarter 2004) 56

  9. “Distinguishing between Types and Tokens,” 28 (4th quarter 2004) 86

  10. “On Sense and Reference,” 29 (1st quarter 2005) 85

  11. “Describing Acquaintance and Description,” 30 (2rd quarter 2005) 85

  12. “Semantics and Syntax,” 31 (3rd quarter 2005) 85

  13. “Distinguishing the Necessary and the Contingent,” 32 (4th quarter 2005) 83

  14. “Know your Posterior from Your A Posteriori,” 33 (1st quarter 2006) 78

  15. “Unfeasible Clarity on Defeasibility,” 34 (2rd quarter 2006) 82

  16. “Objective Explanations of the Subjective,” 35 (3rd quarter 2006) 82

  17. “Facts with Value,” 36 (4th quarter 2006) 83

  18. “Why you Can’t Make a Valid Point,” 37 (1st quarter 2007) 79

  19. “Three Degrees of Possibility,” 38 (2nd quarter 2007) 79

  20. “ How to Correctly Hold Hume’s Fork,” 39 (3rd quarter 2007) 79

  21. “ All Other Things Being Equal, That Is,” 40 (1st quarter 2008) 79.

  1. 21."The Editor's Tale," The Philosophers' Magazine 18 (Spring 2002), 46.

  1. 20. Six entries, Makers of Western Culture 1800-1914: A Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences, edited by Derek Blakeley and John Powell (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000).  0-313-30422-X:

  2. Mikhail Bakunin (pp. 30-32)

  3. August Bebel (39-40)

  4. Georg Cantor  (72-73)

  5. Fyodor Dostoevsky (132-34)

  6. Johann Gottlieb Fichte (154-56)

  7. Arthur Schopenhauer (363-65).

  1. 19. "David Hume," in British Philosophers, 1500-1899, co-edited with Philip B. Dematteis, volume 252 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc., 2002), 195-223

  1. 18."Teaching Early Modern Women Philosophers," in Crossing Boundaries: Attending to Early Modern Women, edited by Jane Donawerth & Adele Seef (Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 2010; Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000), 282-83. ISBN 978-0874-13745-3.

  1. 17. Interview with Alvin Plantinga on the topic of philosophy and religion. The Philosophers' Magazine 10 (Spring 2000): 48-50.

  1. 16. "Animality and Common Life in Hume," 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 4 (1999): 93-120.

  1. 15. "Hume, Skepticism, and Early American Deism," Hume Studies 25.1&2 (April/November 1999): 171-192.

  1. 14. Interview with Richard Rorty on the topic of realism. The Philosophers' Magazine 8 (Autumn 1999): 40-42.

  1. 13. Snapshot of David Hume, in The Philosophers' Magazine 5 (Winter 1999): 31.

  1. 12. Review essay on Donald W. Livingston's Philosophical Melancholy and Delirium: Hume's Pathology of Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998) in Hume Studies 24.2 (November 1998): 355-66.

  1. 11."The Bibliographic Bases of Hume's Understanding of Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonism," Journal of the History of Philosophy 16.2 (April 1998): 93-109. Abstract published in The Review of Metaphysics 52.1 no. 205 (September 1998): 204.

  1. 10."The Moral Imperative to Rebel against God," The Philosophers' Magazine 2 (Spring 1998): 18-24. Responses to readers' letters appear in Issue 3 (Summer 1998), 20-24, and online. An electronic version was published at The article has also been published in Cogito 11.3 (December 1997): 141-50. The essay has been translated and published in Philosophy in Action, edited and translated by Pedro Galvco (Lisbon, Portugal: Gradiva Publishers, 2000).

  1. 9."Stanley Cavell: A Bibliography 1951-1995," in The Cavell Reader, edited by Stephen Mulhall (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, Ltd., 1996), 390-414. ISBN 978-0631-19743-0. [Invited.]

  1. 8. “The Rights of Property Can’t Be Unlimited,” Roanoke Times (Sunday, 29 July 1996), commentary.

  1. 7.With Michael Payne, "Stanley Cavell: A Bibliography, 1958-1994," in Stanley Cavell, Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, Derrida (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1995), 187-97. ISBN 978-0631-19271-8. [Invited.]

  1. 6. “Conservatives Should Own Up to Their Share of the Blame,” Roanoke Times & World News  (Saturday, 6 May 1995).

  1. 5. "Doubt and Divinity: Cicero's Influence on Hume's Religious Skepticism," Hume Studies 20 (April 1994): 103-20.

  1. 4. “’Real’ Parents are Daily Care-Givers,” Roanoke Times & World News (Friday, 19 November 1993), A19.

  1. 3. "Empiricism, Difference, and Common Life," Man and World 26 (1993): 319-28. A review essay addressing Gilles Deleuze's Empiricism and Subjectivity: An Essay on Hume's Theory of Human Nature, translated by Constantin V. Boundas (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991). [Invited.]

  1. 2. "A Working Bibliography on Stanley Cavell," in The Senses of Stanley Cavell, edited by Richard Fleming and Michel Payne, Bucknell Review 32.1 (1989): 322-34. ISBN 978-0838751466. [Invited.]

  1. 1."Situating Schopenhauer and Freud in the Kantian Tradition," Mind and Nature 1 (Fall 1987), 103-17. Also published in Eidos: The Bucknell Academic Journal 3 (1987), 61-73.


Book Reviews

  1. 20.Book Review of David Hume, Sister Peg: A Pamphlet Hitherto Unknown By David Hume, edited by David R. Raynor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982/2009) in Hume Studies [forthcoming].

  1. 19. Review essay on the Clarendon critical edition of David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature, edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton delivered at the 34th Hume Conference (2007) forthcoming in Hume Studies.

  1. 18. Book Review of David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, vols. 1 &2 of The Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 2007) in The Journal of the History of Philosophy 46.2 (April 2008): 325-26.

  1. 17.Book Review of Judith Jennings, Gender, Religion, and Radicalism in the Long Eighteenth Century: The ‘Ingenious Quaker’ and her Connections (Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 15 (2008): 389-92.

  1. 16.Book Review of Enlightenment Aberrations: Error & Revolution in France by David W. Bates (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002) in Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography [Invited.

  1. 15.Book review of Alain Cabantous, Blasphemy: Its History in the West from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century, translated by Eric Rauth (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 11 (2006): 233-38. [Invited.]

  1. 14.Book Review of The Monster in the Machine: Magic Medicine and the Marvelous in the Time of the Scientific Revolution by Zakiya Hanafi (Durham: Duke University Press, 2000) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 9 (2003): 366-70. [Invited.]

  1. 13.Book Review of New Essays on The Rationalists, edited by Rocco J. Gennaro & Charles Huenemann (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 8 (2003). [Invited.]

  1. 12.Book Review of Ethical Know-How: Action, Wisdom, and Cognition by Francisco J. Varela (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999) in Ethics. [Invited.]

  1. 11.Book Review of English Epicures and Stoics: Ancient Legacies in Early Stuart Culture by Reid Barbour (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 7 (2002): 409-11. [Invited.]

  1. 10.Book Review of Gassendi's Ethics: Freedom in a Mechanistic Universe by Lisa Sarasohn (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 6 (2002): 349-52. [Invited.]

  1. 9.Book Review of The Just Family by Richard Dien Winfield (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998) in Ethics 110.3 (April 2000): 665-66. [Invited.]

  1. 8.Book Review of Groundless Knowledge: A Humean Solution to the Problem of Scepticism by Henrik Bohlin (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1997) in The Review of Metaphysics 53.1 no. 209 (September 1999): 144-45. [Invited.]

  1. 7.Book Review of Truth and Progress, Philosophical Papers, vol. 3, by Richard Rorty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), in The Philosophers' Magazine 5 (Winter 1999): 58-59. [Invited.]

  1. 6.Book Review of Making Room: The Economics of Homelessness by Brendan O’Flaherty (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996), in The Journal of American Culture 21.1 (Spring 1998): 101-02. Also published 17 July 1997 on H-Net and H-PCAACA (Popular Culture and American Culture Associations) as well as on 5 August 1997 on H-Urban, edited by Mark Peel (© 1997 by H-Net and the Popular Culture and the American Culture Associations).

  1. 5.Book Review of Political Theory for Mortals: Shades of Justice, Images of Death by John A. Seery (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996) in Philosophy in Review / Comptes rendus philosophiques 17.5 (October 1997): 387-89.

  1. 4.Book Review of The David Hume Library by David Fate Norton & Mary J. Norton (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society & The National Library of Scotland, 1996), in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Book Review Supplement (Spring 1997): 35-36. [Invited.]

  1. 3.Book Review of The Culture Industry Revisited: Theodor W. Adorno on Mass Culture by Deborah Cook (Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 1996) in Philosophy in Review / Comptes rendus philosophiques 17.1 (January 1997): 16-18.

  1. 2.Book Review of The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice Christopher Hitchens (New York: Verso, 1995) in The Journal of Popular Culture 23.3 (Fall 2000): 115-16. Also published 28 November 1996 on H-Net (© 1996 by H-Net and the Popular Culture and the American Culture Associations).

  1. 1.Book Review of Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility by Paul Russell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995) in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Book Review Supplement (Spring 1996): 8. [Invited.]


Invited Lectures & Colloquia

  1. 33.Commentary on Clint Jones (University of Kentucky), “Mechonocracy and Modern Society,” Kentucky Philosophical Association, 17 April 2010. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

  2. 32.“Philosophy and Art,” University of Louisville, 2 April 2010. Addressing Prof. Ying Kit Chan’s class in advanced drawing.

  3. 31.Guest lecture on Lost and Philosophy, “Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature,” 3 March 2010. St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA.

  4. 30. Commentary on the Clarendon Critical edition of David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature, 2 vols., edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 2007) at the 34th Hume Conference, Boston University. 12 August 2007.  A special session including David Fate Norton (McGill University), John Bricke (University of Kansas), and Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco).

  5. 29.“The ‘Nature’ of Hume’s Skepticism,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Meeting, Portland, Oregon. March 2006. Part of a panel with Don Garrett (New York University) and Paul Russell (University of British Columbia) on Hume’s naturalism, organized by Joseph Keim Campbell (Washington State University).

  6. 28.“The Trial of Socrates,” Governor’s School, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky (July 2005); a dramatic recreation in period costume where I present a speech for the defense and my colleague, ancient historian Frank Russell, gives a speech for the prosecution.  The audience votes using black and white pebbles.

  7. 27.“Come into the Garden: Rumi,” with composer Greg Partain, Governor’s School, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky. July 2005.

  8. 26.“Hume’s Skeptical Naturalism: How both Deleuze and Popkin Got it Wrong.” University of Louisville Colloquium Series.  Louisville, Kentucky. 1 November 2004.

  9. 25.“Can Naturalism Be a form of Skepticism?” Inland Northwest Philosophy Confernce. Washington State University; Pulllman, Washington, 1 May 2004.

  10. 24.“Skepticism in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty.” A live webcast tele-lecture and discussion with Joseph Keim Campbell’s seminar on “Skepticism” at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; delivered from the University of Kentucky via live, interactive Internet link.

  11. 23."The Accomplishment of Women in Early Modern Philosophy." Convocation Lecture. Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky. 24 September 2002.

  12. 22."God, Reason, and Science in Hume and the Deists." Phi Alpha Theta (history honorary society) lecture. Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky; 25 September 2002.

  13. 21."Cracks in the Cement of the Universe." Philosophy Department Lecture Series. University of Cincinnati. 30 November 2001.

  14. 20."Hume on Science and Imagination." Address delivered in honor of the opening of the Noel Collection of 18th-century documents and artifacts. Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana. 8 November 2001.

  15. 19."Aristotle's Ethics." Bellarmine University. Louisville, Kentucky. 3 January 2001.

  16. 18."God, the Devil, and You." A Debate between Drs. Peter S. Fosl (Transylvania University) and Jerry Wallis (Asbury Theological Seminary) on the problem of evil and the existence of God. The Singletary Center of the University of Kentucky. 25 April 2000. Sponsored by Southland Christian Church.

  17. 17."The Claim of Skepticism: An Interpretation of David Hume's View of Knowledge." Bennett-Bernard Auditorium of Asbury College, Willmore, Kentucky. 14 March 2000.

  18. 16."The Claim of Skepticism: Hume, Sextus Empiricus, Wittgenstein, and Cavell." University of Kentucky Department of Philosophy Annual Lecture Series. University of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky. 25 February 2000.

  19. 15.Commentary on David Lee Miller's, "The Father's Witness: Patriarchal Images of Boys." University of Kentucky Social Theory Group, Gaines Center for the Humanities/Commonwealth House. 7 October 1999. David Lee Miller is Professor of English and Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Kentucky.

  20. 14.Commentary on Keith Drommis (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), "What Does a Good Ground Look Like? Wittgenstein's Response to the Skepticism." Colloquium on Skepticism, chair Michael Hodges (Vanderbilt University). Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. 7 May 1999.

  21. 13.Chair of Hume Society Session. American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting. Speakers: James Shelley (Augustana College) "Reason and Normativity in Hume's Theory of Taste"; and Karann Durland (Austin College), "Hume on Primary and Secondary Qualities." New Orleans, Louisiana, 7 May 1999.

  22. 12."Hume, Wittgenstein, and Cavell on Nature and Convention." Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. 2 February 1998.

  23. 11.Liberty Fund Colloquium on "Personal and Political Liberty in the Book of Mormon" Salt Lake City, UT. 11-14 September 1997.

  24. 10.Liberty Fund Colloquium on "David Hume and Human Excellence." Charleston, SC. 6-9 March 1997.

  25. 9."Philosophy's Place in the Liberal Arts Curriculum." Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, Georgia. 14 February 1997.

  26. 8."Can Men Be Feminists?" Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina. 3 February 1997.

  27. 7."Major Themes in Modern Philosophy." The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. 29 January 1997.

  28. 6.Liberty Fund Socratic Seminar on Faith and Political Philosophy: The Correspondence Between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin, 1934-64, The Liberty Fund; Indianapolis, Indiana. 3-5 November 1995.

  29. 5."The Virtues and Vices of Name Mixing." The Blue Ridge Onomastic Symposium, sponsored by the American Name Society. Roanoke City Library, Roanoke, Virginia. 22 April 1995.

  30. 4."Hume's Skepticism and the Legacy of Sextus Empiricus." University of North Florida, Spring Philosophy Colloquium Series; Jacksonville, Florida. 24 January 1994.

  31. 3.Liberty Fund Colloquium on Michael Oakeshott’s On Human Conduct. St. Louis, Missouri;.12-15 June 1993.

  32. 2."Ancient Skepticism and the Philosophy of Common Life." Philosophy Forum, a colloquium series sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University; Atlanta, Georgia. 18 October 1991.

  33. 1."Skepticism, Common Life, and the Intellectual Scene of Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh." Emory Women's Club; Atlanta, Georgia. 24 March 1992.

Lectures, Panels, Symposia, and other Speaking Engagements

  1. 43.With Julian Baggini, “Philosophy Workshop,” Bristol Festival of Ideas; Bristol, England. 15 May 2010.

  2. 42. “Hume’s Pyrrhonian and Academic Skepticisms,” Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. 5 March 2010.

  3. 41.Commentary on Emily M. Kelahan’s paper, “What’s the Big Idea?” Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. 5 March 2010.

  4. 40.“Skepticism and the Possibility of Nature,” Coloquio International sobre el Pirronismo Antiguo y su influencia en la Filosopfia Moderna y Contemporanea, Universidad Nacional de Lanús y la Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 7 August 2008.

  5. 39.Appeared in feature documentary film Seven Signs (2007) by J. D. Wilkes and Blake Judd.  Seven Signs is a film about the American south and southern music.

  6. 38.“The Nature of Humean Nature,” Kentucky Philosophical Association, Bellarmine University. 3 November 2007.

  7. 37.“Hume’s Skepticism and Early American Deism,” 4th International Reid Symposium, Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy (CSSP), Princeton Theological Seminary. 8 September 2007.

  8. 36.“Come into the Garden: Rumi,” with composer and pianist Greg Partain and soprano Hope Koehler, Governor’s School, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky. July 2005.

  9. 35.“The Trial of Socrates,” Governor’s School, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Krentucky. July 2005).

  10. 34.“Come into the Garden: Rumi,” with composer and pianist Greg Partain and soprano Hope Koehler; Lexington, Kentucky, Unitarian Universalist Church (15 November 2004), the Carrick Theater of Transylvania University (16 November 2004).

  11. 33.Commentary on Wendell Berry’s presentation, “In the Presence of Fear,” Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. 12 September 2004.

  12. 32.“A Tale of Three Islands: Easter, St. Kilda, Hilton Head,” part of the Integrative Study of the Bioeconomy Colloquia, organized by Professor Joe Engelberger (UKY) (2004).

  13. 31."Re-Trial of Socrates", with Associate Professor of History Frank Russell, Carrick Auditorium, Transylvania University. 25 September 2003

  14. 30."Hume's Skeptical Naturalism," XXXth Annual International Hume Conference, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. Commentary by Kenneth Richman, Bryn Mawr College. 29 July 2003. (Blind Review.)

  15. 29.Participant on panel to discuss film, The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Floyd Theater, University of Louisville. 15 April 2003.

  16. 28."Just War Theory, The War in Iraq, and The War on Terrorism." Sayre School presentation, organized by Don Bell with Rick O'Neil Philosophical Society. 3 April 2003.

  17. 27."Turkey: The Complexities of Human Rights," Academic Affairs Presentation. Transylvania University. Lexington, Kentucky. 9 November 2000.

  18. 26."Morality, Sex, and Extraterrestrials: A Humean Perspective" (an homage to Dr. Kevin Cope). XXVth and Millennial Convention of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS), chairs Eva Dadlez and James Mock (University of Central Oklahoma). Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 10 March 2000.

  19. 25.Wye Faculty Seminar, "Citizenship in the American Polity." Sponsored by the Aspen Institute. Wye Woods Conference Center, Maryland. 8-14 August 1999.

  20. 24.Commentary on Timothy Costelloe's (Emory University, now William and Mary), "General Rules and Common Sense in Hume's Aesthetics." Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee. 5 March 1999.

  21. 23."Hume's Skepticism and Critique of Skepticism." Academic Affairs Presentation. Transylvania University. Lexington, Kentucky. 18 February 1999.

  22. 22."The Contingency of Nations." Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky, Conference on "Nation Theory," panel on "Territory, Politics, and Concepts of the National," chair Doug Slaymaker (University of Kentucky); University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 13 November 1998.

  23. 21."The Languages of Commerce in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy and Literature." Panel Organized & Chaired for the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) Conference; Atlanta, GA. 7 March 1998. Panel participants: Tom Lavazzi (Savannah State University), Mary Peace (Nottingham University, U.K.), Charles E. Gobin (Asbury College).

  24. 20."Hume's Pyrrhonism and his Critique of Pyrrhonism Reconsidered." Part of a Panel on "Hume, Vico, and Kant," Chair Stephen Strange, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) Conference; Atlanta, GA. 6 March 1998.

  25. 19.APA Symposium presentation: "Hume, Wittgenstein, and Cavell on Nature and Convention," American Philosophical Association (APA Eastern Division Meeting; Philadelphia, PA. 27-29 December 1997. Commentaries by Ted Cohen (University of Chicago) and James Conant (University of Pittsburgh). (Blind review.)

  26. 18."Hume's Pyrrhonism and his Critique of Pyrrhonism Reconsidered." Part of a panel, "Hume and Ancient Philosophy," I organized for the Hume Society. Other panelists include Donald W. Livingston (Emory University) and Marie Martin (Clemson University). Meeting of the Hume Society at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA); Philadelphia, PA. 27-29 December 1997.

  27. 17."The Humean Self and the Language of Commerce." Part of a panel I organized with Dr. William Walker (Dept. English, University of Canterbury, New Zealand) on the topic, "Aesthetics, Commerce, and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain." Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMGS); University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 4-7 December 1997.

  28. 16.With Dr. Debra Nails (Mary Washington College): workshop on "Teaching Early Modem Women Philosophers." Conference on "Attending to Early Modern Women: Crossing Boundaries," sponsored by the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies; the University of Maryland at College Park. 6-9 November 1997. (Juried.)

  29. 15."The Way We Ought to Be."  Lecture delivered as part of a panel, "Perspectives on the Future," closing a month-long symposium entitled, "Perspectives on the Family: Reflections on the Past, Predictions for the Future." Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA. 4 October 1997.

  30. 14."Convention and Nature in Cavell, Wittgenstein, and Hume." XXIVth International Hume Conference; Monterey, California. 29 July - 2 August 1997. Commentary by Christopher Williams (University of Nevada Reno). (Blind review.)

  31. 13."Miracles and Natural Laws in Ethan Allen and Hume." Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. 28 February - 1 March 1997. Commentary by Steven DeCaroli (Binghamton University). (Blind review.)

  32. 12.Commentary on "Hume's Beliefs," by Kaveh Kamooneh, Georgia State University. Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee. 28 February -1 March 1997.

  33. 11."Hume as Modernist and Anti-Modernist." Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) Conference; The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. 29 February - 2 March 1996.

  34. 10."Reason, Morals, and Animals in Hume."  Twenty-Second International Hume Conference; Park City, Utah. 25-29 July 1995. Commentary by Tatsuya Sakamoto (Keio University). (Blind review.)

  35. 9.Commentary on "Hume and the American Deists on Miracles," by James Dye, University of Northern Illinois, Conference on "Hume and ISth-Century America," sponsored by the Hume Society, the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, and the Institute for Early American History and Culture; The College of William and Mary; Williamsburg, Virginia. 6-8 April 1995.

  36. 8.Animality, Rationality, and Monstrosity." 18th Annual Conference of the Northeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS), Fordham University at Lincoln Center; New York City. 6-9 October 1994.

  37. 7."Hume's Skepticism and the Legacy of Sextus Empiricus." XXIst International Hume Conference, Universita di Roma La Sapienza; Rome, Italy. 21 June 1994. Commentary by Doreen Silver (University of Toronto). (Blind review.)

  38. 6."Selves in Transit: Gain and Loss in the Films of Jim Jarmusch." Conference on the Films of Jim Jarmusch, Hollins College. 2 April 1993.

  39. 5."Eros, Logos, and Kairos." Symposium in Honor of Alvord Beardslee, Hollins College. 18 ApriI1993.

  40. 4."Who was Columbus, And Should He Be Celebrated?" Presentation and Chair of Panel, Hollins College. 13 October 1992.

  41. 3."The Ontological Limitations of Sartre's Being and Nothingness." Georgia Philosophical Society, Georgia State University; Atlanta, Georgia. April 1988.

  42. 2."Remarks on 'Form' in Books Zeta, Eta, and Theta of Aristotle's Metaphysics." Southeastern Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia. April 1988.

  43. 1."Situating Schopenhauer and Freud in the Kantian Tradition." Southeastern Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia. April 1987.


Grants, Additional Honors, Non-Academic Appointments


  1. David Hume Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh, 2013-14.

  2. Director of the Kentucky Labor Institute, 2013

  3. Editor-in-Chief of FORsooth Newspaper, 2011-13..

  4. Better Life” blogger for the Courier-Journal newspaper.

  5. Received the honorific title, “Kentucky Colonel,” from Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Governor Ernie Fletcher, 2006.

  6. Nominated for CASE Carnegie Professor of the Year 2005 & 2006.

  7. Monroe Moosnick Award for Service to the Transylvania University 2004.

  8. ODK, national leadership honor society; inducted November 2002.

  9. Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program, "Turkey: Transformations in Polity, Economy, and Religion." June 2000; funded through a Jones Grant for Summer Research.

  10. Wye Faculty Seminar (1999). The Aspen Institute, Wye River Conference Center, Queenstown, Maryland.

  11. Dupont Technology Seminar (1999).

  12. Selected for Who's Who among America's Teachers (1998, 2002).

  13. Appointed Visiting Research Fellow at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of The University of Edinburgh, Scotland; as part of the Institute's European Enlightenment Project (1996).

  14. Hollins College Research Award & Western Traditions Faculty Opportunity Grant for research at the National Library of Scotland (August 1996).

  15. National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, "Modernity and Its Discontents," University of California, San Diego; directed by Avrum Stroll, Robert Pippin, and Ron Berman (10 July - 4 August, 1995).

  16. National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (1994), for developing and teaching a new course, PRC 155, "Nature and the Human."


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