I am Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Also, I serve as Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, and I am an affiliate faculty member of the Institute of Intelligent Systems.

My primary area of research is metaphysics–specifically, the animalist theory of personal identity–though my work in this area extends to related topics in philosophical psychology (e.g., animal cognition), in philosophy of biology (e.g., nature of organic life, dynamic systems), in ontology (e.g., material constitution, metaontology), and at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics (e.g., death, animal studies).signature


SEPTEMBER 2015: Ontology After Carnap (edited with Sandra Lapointe) is in the final stages of production with Oxford University Press and should be available in early Spring 2016. >>>

AUGUST 2014: The 2014 Spindel Supplement to the Southern Journal of Philosophy -- featuring proceedings from the 32nd annual Spindel Conference on "The Lives of Human Animals" -- is now in print>>>

news / events

JUNE 2015: "Of Retirement, Ontological and Otherwise," At the Speed of Thought: Celebrating the Work and Teaching of Paul F. Snowdon, University College London, UK.

MAY 2015: "Termination," The Philosophy and Theology of Immortality, University of Hull, UK. >>>

MAY 2015: "Headhunters," Immortality Project Capstone Conference (Templeton Foundation), University of California, Riverside. >>>

MARCH 2015: "Unresting Death," Time Bias and Future Planning Workshop, Vancouver, Canada. >>>


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