I am the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada, where I also teach occasional courses in the Policy Studies program. Before coming to KPU, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trent University. I have a PhD in Philosophy from York University (2014), a PhD in Semiotics from the University of Quebec in Montreal (2008)—Oxford tasked me with writing their entry on the subject for their Bibliographies in Philosophy series—and I did my Post-Doc at the University of Helsinki (2014–2015), where I worked on Charles S. Peirce’s philosophy of mind and diagrammatic logic.
Although my research interests are varied, my main areas of specialization are in History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Semiotics (Philosophy of Signs), and Epistemology. In addition to publishing quite a bit on the founder of American pragmatism, C. S. Peirce, I have published on major figures like Kant, Descartes, Husserl, John of St. Thomas (Poinsot), Wittgenstein, Beauvoir, Russell, Aquinas, and Schopenhauer, as well as on living philosophers like John McDowell, Robert Brandom, Daniel Dennett, and Shaun Gallagher. Learning from the neglect that Peirce suffered in his lifetime and heeding his call to “not block the way of inquiry,” I maintain a career-long side interest in heterodoxy and maverick thinkers who, by choice, temperament, or necessity, operate(d) outside or at the margins of academic philosophy. I have also been thinking/writing a lot about the (not always good) effects of technology lately. My work has appeared in journals like Synthese, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Logic, Metaphilosophy, Argumentation, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, and many more.
On this site, you will find information about my writing and teaching. I leave little bits of my soul in every piece I write and every class I teach (and have a finite amount of bits to offer before I expire), so I hope you will enjoy!