I am a regular member of the Department of Philosophy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada, where I also teach occasional courses in the Policy Studies program. My areas of specialization are in Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Signs (or Semiotics, to use the term coined by John Locke), with additional areas of competence in Philosophy of Technology, Ethics, Formal and Informal Logic, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, and Metaphilosophy.
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 I conduct my academic work solely in English, I am also fluent in French and Joual (my native tongue).
In addition to publishing quite a bit on Peirce, I have published on figures such as Kant, Descartes, Husserl, John of St. Thomas (Poinsot), Beauvoir, Russell, Aquinas, Sellars, and Schopenhauer, as well as on living philosophers such as Daniel Dennett, Frank Jackson, Shaun Gallagher, Paul Churchland, David Chalmers, Ned Block, David Papineau, John McDowell, and Robert Brandom. My work has appeared in journals such as Synthese, Philosophical Psychology, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Logic, Metaphilosophy, Argumentation, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, and many more.
Learning from the neglect that Peirce suffered in his lifetime and heeding his call to “not block the way of inquiry,” I also 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. Popular wisdom is popular but not wise: great minds do not think alike.
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!