I am an Instructor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Fraser Valley. My current research examines models of human experience in German Idealism. More specifically, it examines the theories that the tradition offers regarding how our inborn capacity for rationality makes possible our unique consciousness of the world around us and of our own actions vis-à-vis that of other living creatures. It does so by considering the tradition’s arguments for how logical thinking and reasoning explain the lived (i.e., phenomenological) structure of various distinctive features of human experience such as the conceptual content of perception, meaning, values, and communal worldviews.
I am finishing up 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 model 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 sui generis human instinct of rationality. Its thesis is that, for Hegel, even if the human instinct of rationality is a product of nature, it is a place where nature creates something that goes beyond it: the self-contained universe of meaning that Hegel names “spirit”; a universe that, while self-contained, is the condition of possibility of robust truth about physical universe.
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 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 program. During it, 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.