210C Hyer Hall
Department of Philosophy
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0142
I'm an assistant professor of philosophy at SMU. My main area of research is in the philosophy of mind, especially consciousness and the philosophy of perception. I have further interests in cognitive science, metaphysics, epistemology, and meta-ethics. I also teach an introductory course in applied ethics.
Much of my research concerns the relationship between the two central features of mentality--consciousness and intentionality. I'm particularly interested in the idea that conscious experiences have a certain kind of intentional content in virtue of their phenomenal character. In several papers I have argued for a Fregean rather than a Russellian theory of phenomenal content. I've also written on the topics of color constancy, the inverted spectrum, the spatial content of experience, and the argument from hallucination.
I have also "dabbled" in meta-ethics. In particular, I have defended a "response-dependent" account of moral value in "Moral Value, Response-Dependence, and Rigid Designation" (2006, Canadian Journal of Philosophy). I hope to return to this topic again in the not-too-distant future.
All of these papers (along with abstracts) can be found here.
This fall (2007) I am teaching PHIL 1318: Contemporary Moral Problems and PHIL 3310: Advanced Topics in Philosophy, devoted to the topic of Consciousness.