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I received my BA in Philosophy from McMaster University and my MA from the University of Ottawa. I attended University of Oxford for my DPhil in Philosophy, under the supervision of Derek Parfit, Quassim Cassam, and Paul Snowdon. I taught at Oxford for several years before returning to Canada to take up my current post at Laurier.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My areas of research include personal identity theory and the self, philosophy of death, illness, memory, and narrative. I am currently interested in the role of endings in both fictional and so-called real-life narratives.
Awards and Achievements
Royal Institute of Philosophy U.K. Jacobsen Fellowship.
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Scholarship.
Humanities Medal for Special Achievement (McMaster University).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have research opportunities for graduate students interested in personal identity, the self, narrative, and the metaphysics of death.
'Narrative Aversion: Challenges for the Illness Narrative Advocate,' Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42.1 (2017).
'Learning to be Dead: Narrative and the Problem of Mortality,' in Immortality and the Philosophy of Death, Cholbi, ed. Chicago: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
The Senses of an Ending,' in Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self, Lippitt and Stokes, eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.
'Whole Lives and Good Deaths,' Metaphilosophy 45.3 (2014).
'Hirsch, Sebald, and the Uses and Limits of Postmemory,' in The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film, Ty and Kilbourn, eds. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2013
'Reasons to Live Versus Reasons not to Die,' Think 28.10 (2011).
'Scraping Down the Past: Memory and Amnesia in W.G. Sebald's Anti-narrative,' Philosophy and Literature 34.2 (2010).
'A Special Way of Being Afraid,' Philosophical Psychology 23.5 (2010).
'Reasons to be Fearful: Strawson, Death, and Narrative,' Philosophy: The Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy 60 (2007).
'Impersonal Identity and Corrupting Concepts,' Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (2005).
'The New Neo-Kantian and Reductionist Debate,' Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (2003).
'Despair, Liberation, and Everyday Life,' Richmond Journal of Philosophy 5 (2003).