I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Fraser Valley. My work examines models of human experience in German Idealism. More specifically, I look at the ways that the tradition argues that it is our rationality that makes possible our consciousness of the world around us and self-consciousness of our own actions. It does so by investigating how rationality explains the lived (i.e., phenomenological) structure of various dimensions of our experience such as perceptual content, truth, ethical norms, and political rights.
I am currently working on a manuscript entitled Hegel’s Realism: Rationality, Human Life, and the Discovery of Nature, which offers a new interpretation of Hegel’s logic. It contends that the theory of human experience developed by Hegel’s logic is one that synthesizes metaphysical realism and epistemological idealism, as well as naturalism and human exceptionalism, by rethinking the space of reasons as arising from the uniquely human instinct of rationality.
I also work as a translator of German and French. Most notably, I recently published a co-translation of excerpts of Schelling’s late lectures for The Schelling Reader and am, slowly but surely, working on the first English edition and translation of Schlegel’s lectures Transcendental Philosophy.
My work has been funded by grants from the Social Sciences Humanities Council of Canada and the European Commission. It has also won awards from the Quebec Research Fund and the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.
Prior to obtaining my PhD, I completed MA studies in French and German through the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie. During the program, I studied at Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany), and Université Toulouse II (France).
I also hold a MA in Philosophy and a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy (major) and Russian (minor) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. I grew up in rural Newfoundland.
Outside of researching 19th-century German philosophy, I can usually be found roasting coffee or brushing up on my Russian.