History



Dignaga's Argument for the Awareness Principle: An Analytic Refinement. Forthcoming in Philosophy East & West 69 (2019).

A development of what I take to be the best argument for the thesis that a mental state is conscious only if its subject is aware of it.

Belief-that and Belief-in: Which Reductive Analysis? Forthcoming in A. Grzankowski and M. Montague (eds.), Non-Propositional Intentionality. OUP.

This paper presents a partial defense of Brentano's unusual view that judgment/belief is an objectual rather than propositional attitude.

Brentano's Concept of Mind: Underlying Nature, Reference-Fixing, and the Mark of the Mental. Forthcoming in S. Lapointe and C. Pincock (eds.), Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy. Palgrave-Macmillan.

I offer an interpretation of Brentano's view on the interrelations among mentality, intentionality, and inner perception. According to it, the concept of the mental is a natural kind concept, with intentionality serving as the mental's underlying nature and inner-perceivability as the concept's reference-fixer.

Brentano's Philosophical Program. In U. Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School. London and New York, Routledge, 2017.

I argue that Brentano had a philosophical system, which offered a unified account of the true, the good, and the beautiful.

Brentano's Classification of Mental Phenomena. In U. Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School. London and New York, Routledge, 2017.

A short expository piece on the topic telegraphed by the title.

Brentano's Mereology. Unpublished.

A short piece on Brentano's mereology and how it differs from classical mereology. I've integrated it into Chap. 1 of my monograph on Brentano, since it's crucial for a full understanding of many Brentanian moves. 

Brentano's Latter-day Monism. Brentano Studien 14 (2016): 69-77

This  3000-word piece discusses a dictation from January 1915 I dug up, where Franz Brentano defends a kind of Schaffer-style priority monism.

Brentano's Mature Theory of Intentionality. Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 4/2 (2016): 1-15.

I argue that Brentano's mature theory of intentionality construed intentionality as a non-relational property of subjects, a sort of variant of adverbialism.

Perception and Imagination: A Sartrean Account." In S. Miguens, G. Preyer, and C. Bravo Morando (eds.), Prereflective Consciousness: Early Sartre in the Context of Contemporary Philosophy of Mind. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

I develop Sartre's case for a categorical, qualitative difference between the phenomenology of perception and the phenomenology of imagination.

Thought and Thing: Brentano's Reism as Truthmaker Nominalism Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 (2015): 153-180.

What are the truthmakers of "Socrates is wise" and "Socrates is Greek"? According to Brentano, as I interpret him, they are two numerically distinct but collocated concrete particulars, Wise-Socrates and Greek-Socrates. I explain this view and air a defense of it.

How to Speak of Existence: A Brentanian Approach to (Linguistic and Mental) Ontological Commitment. In S. Lapointe (ed.), Themes from Ontology, Mind, and Logic: Essays in Honor of Peter Simons (pp. 81-106). Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Articulates and defends an unusual approach to existence talk, drawn from Brentano, according to which to say that X exists is to say that the right attitude to take toward X is the attitude of believing in it. 

Understanding Conative Phenomenology: Lessons from RicoeurPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (2013): 537-558. (special issue on "Phenomenal Intentionality Past and Present").

I discuss Ricoeur's intriguing account of the phenomenology of the will, which focuses on deciding rather than desiring as the experientially paradigmatic exercise of the will.

Phenomenal Intentionality Past and Present: IntroductoryPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (2013): 437-444. (special issue on "Phenomenal Intentionality Past and Present").

A non-philosophical short piece about the history of intentionality in the Brentano School, at least as it pertains to the special issue.

(With Angela Coventry.) Locke on ConsciousnessHistory of Philosophy Quarterly 25 (2008): 221-242.

We present and defend an interpretation of Locke as a forerunner not of higher-order perception but self-perception (or same-order perception) theories of consciousness.


The Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School (Hardback) book cover