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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; the metaphysics and value of death; illness; narrative views of the self; memory, trauma, and literary works touching on some of these themes (e.g. the works of W.G. Sebald, and poetry and literature pertaining to death). I have current research projects on the fear of death, and on the perils of longevity.
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, the metaphysics and value of death, and issues surrounding human longevity.
'Depressing Goings-on in the House of Actuality: Philosophers and Poets Confront Larkin's "Aubade",' Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas (forthcoming)
'Death in Mind: Life, Meaning and Mortality,' in Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, Cholbi and Timmerman, eds. New York: Routledge, 2020.
'Unmoored: Mortal Harm and Mortal Fear,' Philosophical Papers 48.2 (2019).
'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).