I received my PhD in Philosophy from Boston University in 2007 and my MA from the University of Waterloo in 1995. I began teaching for Laurier’s Philosophy department (via Online Learning, or Distance Education as it was once called) in 2000, and now teach a combination of online and on-campus courses. Despite being born and raised in Kitchener, I speak only the German I learned from (reruns of) Hogan’s Heroes.
The main focus of my research is the religious epistemology of Alvin Plantinga. Throughout his lengthy career, Plantinga has argued with ever-increasing sophistication that religious beliefs (in particular, theism and more recently Christian theism) can be completely reasonable, rational, justified, intellectually respectable, etc., even if there are no good arguments for the truth of those beliefs. Unfortunately, sophisticated arguments are not necessarily good arguments. Presently I am working on Plantinga’s ‘A/C model’ of warranted basic theism to see how best to level a ‘Great Pumpkin objection’ against it.
I’m open to supervising students in my main area (the philosophy of religion), but untenured faculty are not typically allowed supervising duties. If you are interested in having me as a supervisor, you should contact the department chair and/or the relevant adviser (graduate or undergraduate) for their advice/permission.
Office location: P313
Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Languages spoken: English