I'm a professor of philosophy, Wittgenstein aficionado, activist, and lover of books and music.
My two new books have just been published: Tractatus in Context and Wittgenstein’s Artillery. For my next book project I am editing a lengthy memoir by Wasfi Hijab, Wittgenstein's last student. And finally, we are in the process of publishing an affordable paperback edition of the English translation of Wittgenstein's diaries from 1930-32 and 1936-37 (MS 183), with a new Preface by Ray Monk. In November 2022 I will be giving the Fifth “Arthur Pap Lecture on the History of Analytic Philosophy,” sponsored by The Institute Vienna Circle at the University of Vienna, together with the Vienna Circle Society.Read more recent research →
I was part of a group of eight activists from Blacksburg that went to Charlottesville in August 2017 to counter-protest the alt-right rally held there. More recently I was part of the Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington DC in June 2022. Virginia has had a rash of counties declaring themselves "2nd Amendment Sanctuaries." In November 2019 I spoke before our local Board of Supervisors on this issue. My comments are posted here. I am a member of the local NAACP, and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Christiansburg, VA.See what I've been up to →
In 2017 I developed a course on Ethics and Autonomous Vehicles. It has now been approved as a new course: PHIL 3334-Ethical Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence. Recently I have been teaching a lot of Ancient Greek Philosophy, which I love. Last semester I taught a seminar on Aristotle and Contemporary Virtue Theory. Among other things we read this joint biography of four Oxford women who resurrected virtue ethics in the 20th Century: Anscombe, Foot, Murdoch and Midgley. In fact, Philippa Foot was one of my professors in graduate school.Learn more about my interests →