Department of Philosophy, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd, Westcoe Hall, 3084, Lawrence, KS 66045
Email: email@example.com Website: www.strivingessences.net
Areas of Specialization
Early Modern Philosophy: Leibniz, Locke, Cavendish, Conway, Astell, Masham, du Châtelet, Metaphysics, Philosophical Theology
Professor, University of Kansas Fall 2018 -
Professor, California State University Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Associate Professor, California State University Long Beach Fall 2012 – Spring 2017
NEH Fellowship Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
Sabbatical Leave Fall 2014
Research Fellowship, Center for Philosophy of Religion at University of Notre Dame Fall 2011 – Spring 2012.
Assistant Professor, California State University Long Beach Fall 2006 – Spring 2012
Faculty Fellow, Colby College, Fall 2005 – Spring 2006
Teaching Associate, UMass Amherst Summer 2001 – Spring 2005
Teaching Assistant, UMass Amherst Fall 1999 – Spring 2001
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst February 2006
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle June 1998
B.A. in English, University of Washington, Seattle
“Leibniz and Locke on the Ultimate Origination of Things”
Committee: Vere Chappell (Chair), Eileen O’Neill, Robert C. Sleigh, and Donald Maddox
1. “Margaret Cavendish and Early Modern Scientific Experimentalism: 'Boys that play with watery bubbles or fling dust into each other's eyes, or make a hobbyhorse of snow'” in Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science, edited by Sharon Crasnow and Kristen Intemann (forthcoming Routledge 2020).
2. Margaret Cavendish on Human Beings” with Eric Schliesser in Human Beings, edited by Karolina Huber (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2021).
3. “Emilie Du Châtelet on Illusions” forthcoming Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
4.“The Power of Self-Motion in Cavendish's Nature” in Powers, edited by Julia Jorati (forthcoming Oxford University Press).
5. “Masham, Damaris Cudworth” in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, edited by Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell).
6. Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women's Philosophical Thought, co-edited with Eileen O'Neill (Springer, 2019).
7. “Early Modern Women on the Cosmological Argument: A Case Study in Feminist History of Philosophy” in Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women's Philosophical Thought, edited by Eileen O'Neill and Marcy Lascano (Springer, 2019).
8. Review of The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, by Deborah Boyle, Mind, fzy030,
“'Heads Cast in Metaphysical Moulds': Damaris Masham on the Method and Nature of Metaphysics” for Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, edited by Emily Thomas (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
9. “Masham, Damaris Cudworth” for The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, edited by Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (forthcoming Wiley)
10. “Anne Conway on Liberty,” in Women on Liberty, 1600-1800, Edited by Jacqueline Broad and Karen Detlefsen (Oxford University Press, 2017).
11. “Review of Desmond Clarke’s The Equality of the Sexes” in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.03.02.
12. “Locke’s Philosophy of Religion” in The Blackwell Companion to John Locke, edited by Matthew Stuart, Blackwell Publishing, 2016.
13. “G. W. Leibniz” in Volume III: The History of Evil in the Early Modern Age (1450-1700), edited by Daniel
Robinson. General Editors, Chad Meister and Charles Taliaferro (Routledge, 2018).
14. “Anne Conway: Bodies in the Spiritual World” in Philosophy Compass 8/4 2013: 327-336.
15. “Damaris Masham and ‘The Law of Reason or Nature’” in The Modern Schoolman 88 (3-4) 2011: 245-65.
16. “Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia” in The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, edited by Lawrence Nolan, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
17. “Mary Astell on the Existence and Nature of God,” in Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, edited by
Penelope Weiss and Alice Sowaal. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016.
18. “Emilie du Châtelet on the Existence and Nature of God: An examination of her arguments in light of
their sources” in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (4) 2011: 741-58.
19. “Arguments for the Existence of God” in The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy, Edited by
Daniel Kaufman (Routledge 2018).
20. “Review of Nicholas Rescher’s Studies in Leibniz’s Cosmology” in The Leibniz Review, December 2007.
I am currently working on chapter revisions for my book project on early modern women philosophers. The book focuses on the Metaphysical views of Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway. I was awarded an NEH Fellowship for 2015-2016 for the project and a Hall Center for the Humanities Residential Fellowship for Fall 2020 to finish it.
Co-editor with Lisa Shapiro on Early Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources (under contract with Broadview Press, forthcoming 2021). This anthology will include not only canonical figures of early modern philosophers, but also works that have been historically excluded, including works by women, as well as those by others who can help to situate philosophical works in their larger intellectual historical context.
Digital Humanities Project
A fully searchable and open access version of Margaret Cavendish's Philosophical and Physical Opinions. Now available
Association with Ongoing Projects
Advisory Board for Oxford New Histories of Philosophy series
Advisory Board Member for Project Vox
Team Member of New Narratives in the History of Philosophy Project
Awards and Honors
•KU International Affairs International Travel Grant for Humanities Research, AY 2020-2021, for travel to Cambridge and London.
•College General Research Fund for “Emilie Du Châtelet's Theory of Happiness” Summer 2020.
•Hall Center Residential Fellowship, KU Fall 2020.
•2019 Digital Humanities Teaching Grant from IDRH for developing “Digital Cavendish”
•Keeler Intra-University Professorship, University of Kansas, Spring 2020.
•NEH Collaborative Research Grant, co-directed with Andrew Janiak for New Narratives in Philosophy: Rediscovering neglected works by early modern women. A conference to be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, Durham, NC, April 13 – 16, 2016
•NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers Participant. "Between Medieval and Modern: Philosophy from 1300-1700 at UC Boulder, July 6-31, 2015.
•NEH Fellowship for 2015-2016 for Early Modern Women Philosophers: Cosmology to Human Nature
•NEH Awards for Faculty for 2015-2016 - declined
•Sabbatical Leave CSULB Fall 2014
•CSULB RSCA Award Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2018 (Assigned time)
•Early Modern Philosophy Research Fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame for 2011-2012
•Summer Research Stipend CSULB, 2006, 2008, and 2016
•Certificate of Appreciation from the Student Philosophy Association for 2006-2007
•Certificate for Excellence in Teaching (Continuing Education at UMass Amherst, Summer 2002)
•Puryear Fellowship, UMass Amherst, 1998-2003
• “Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway on Human Nature,” Dignity and Human Nature Workshop at UCLA, May 4-5 (Delayed)
• The Role of God in Early Modern Women's Philosophy,” University of Pennsylvania, March 26, 2020. (Delayed)
• “Emilie du Châtelet on Happiness,” University of Minnesota, March 20, 2020. (Delayed)
• “Emilie du Châtelet on Happiness: Pleasure and Passions,” Keynote at the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Southern Utah University, March 7, 2020.
• "Cavendish on Occasional Causation and the Metaphysics of Freedom,” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago February 29, 2020.
• "Starting with Cavendish: Re-imagining the Philosophy Canon,” Digital Humanities Seminar, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, January 22, 2020.
• "Emilie du Châtelet's Account of Happiness" Kansas Workshop on Well-Being (KWOW) at the University of Kansas, July 25, 2019.
•"Is Emilie du Châtelet a Hedonist, Desire Satisfactionist, or a Pluralist about Happiness? at Canadian Philosophical Association, Vancouver, B.C. June 1-4, 2019.
• “Margaret Cavendish on the Power of Self-Motion in Nature” at the Powers Workshop, Ohio State
University, March 23, 2019.
• “The Metaphysics of Margaret Cavendish” and "'Boys that play with watery bubbles or fling dust into
each other’s eyes, or make a hobbyhorse of snow': Margaret Cavendish’s Critique of Early Modern
Scientific Experimentalism” for the Distinguished Speaker at Temple University, November 8th and 9th,
• “Cavendish on Early Experimental Philosophy” at Texas A&M Philosophy Department Colloquium,
October 25, 2018.
•“Emilie du Châtelet on Equality and Happiness” at the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy at Columbia University, Sept 22, 2018.
• "Du Châtelet on Illusions," at Émilie du Châtelet's Foundations of Physics: A Conference Celebrating the Complete English Translation, University of Notre Dame, April 26-28.
• "Reconsidering Astell's Relation to Locke: The Existence of God and Human Freedom," at University of Toronto Early Modern Research Group, April 12th, 2018.
•"Margaret Cavendish's System of Nature," at Women in Early Modern Philosophy: Lehigh University 5th Annual Philosophy Conference, October 19-20, 2017.
•"Margaret Cavendish's System of Nature," at the UMass Homecoming Conference, at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 7, 2017.
•“Human Nature in Margaret Cavendish” with Eric Schliesser at the Being Human: The History of a Concept Conference, University of Toronto, June 10, 2017.
•"Emilie du Châtelet" in the "Cavendish, du Châtelet, and Shepherd on the Metaphysics of Nature" panel at the Rethinking Philosophy's Past: 1300-1800 conference at Columbia University, February 18, 2017.
•"Cavendish on the World and Our Place in It," history of philosophy seminar series at Uppsala University, November 23, 2016.
•“Emile du Châtelet on Women, Freedom, and Happiness," Panel at the Society for Analytical Feminism, at UMass Lowell, September 17, 2016.
•"Emilie du Châtelet on God, Freedom, and Happiness" for the Exploring the Philosophy of Emilie du Chatelet at Columbia University, New York, NY June 2-3, 2016.
•"The Love that Binds" for the New Narratives in Philosophy Conference at Duke University, Durham, NC April 17, 2016.
•"Emile du Châtelet on Freedom and Happiness" for the "Early Modern Women" Symposium at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosohical Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2016.
•"Early Modern Women on the Cosmological Argument and the Nature of God" at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2016.• “Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway on the One and the Many: Monism and Individuation” at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., April 1, 2015.
•“Chapter 2: Margaret Cavendish” from Early Modern Women Philosophers: Cosmology to Human Nature at the History of Philosophy Roundtable, UC San Diego, November 21, 2014.
•“Monism and Individuation in Cavendish and Conway” at Women in the History of Philosophy: A Workshop presented by the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University in the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium’s conference series, September 13, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania.
• “Anne Conway on Liberty” at the Women on Liberty, 1600-1800 Symposium in Prato, Italy, July 2014.
•“Mary Astell on the True Way to Happiness” at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting 2014.
•“The Monisms of Cavendish and Conway” at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, December 30, 2013.
•“Leibnizian Defenses” at California State University, Northridge, April 3, 2013.
•“Leibniz on the Best Possible World, Human Happiness, and the Problem of Eternal Damnation,” Annual Philosophy Lecture, Fresno City College, March 23, 2012.
•“The Theodicean Aspects of Anne Conway’s Principles” at The Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy at Cal Poly Pomona, December 3, 2011.
•“The Theodicean Aspects of Anne Conway’s Principles” at the Center for Philosophy of Religion Discussion Group at University of Notre Dame, November 11, 2011.
•“The Theodicean Aspects of Anne Conway’s Principles” at the UMass Philosophy Department Homecoming Conference, UMass Amherst, October 15, 2011.
•“The Greater Good and Individual Justice in Leibniz’s Theodicy,” at the Stockholm June Workshop at the University of Stockholm, May 31, 2011.
•“Mary Astell on the Existence and Nature of God” at San Francisco State University, October 21, 2010.
•“Kant on Leibnizian Emanation, Creation, and God’s Freedom” at the History of Philosophy Roundtable, UC San Diego, November 13, 2009.
•“Early Modern Women on the Cosmological Argument: A Case Study in Feminist Historiography,” at the 12th Southern California Philosophy Conference, The Claremont Colleges, November 7, 2009.
•“Mary Astell on the Existence and Nature of God” at the Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Oxford University, October 17, 2009.
•“Mary Astell on the Existence and Nature of God” at the Women, Philosophy, and History: A Conference in Celebration of Eileen O’Neill and her Work, Barnard College, Columbia University, October 2-3, 2009.
•“Leibniz and Kant on Emanation and Creation” Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Chicago, May 2, 2009.
•“Leibniz on Creation: What God Can and Cannot Do” at the Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Dalhousie University, July 13, 2008.
•“The Genesis of Emilie du Châtelet’s Cosmological Argument” APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 21, 2008
•“Women in Early Modern Philosophy: Emilie du Châtelet’s Cosmological Argument” at the Women in Philosophy Conference at CSU Long Beach, November 8, 2006.
AS Full Professor at KU
PHIL 820: Seminar on Early Modern Women's Metaphysics (Fall 2018)
PHIL 500: Early to Late Modern Science and Science Fiction (Spring 2019)
PHIL 558: 17th Century Philosophy (Spring 2019)
PHIL 500: Digital Cavendish (Fall 2019)
PHIL 820: Vitalism (Fall 2019)
As Full Professor at CSULB
PHIL 101: The Meaning of Life (Fall 2017)
PHIL 204: Early Modern Philosophy (Fall 2017)
PHIL 413/513: British Empiricism (Spring 2018)
As Associate Professor at CSULB
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
PHIL 204: Early Modern Philosophy (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
PHIL 330: Philosophy of Religion (Spring 2013, Spring 2014
PHIL 413/513: British Empiricism (Spring 2015)
PHIL 491/591: Selected Topics on David Hume’s Philosophy of Religion (Fall 2013)
PHIL 620: Graduate Seminar on the Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish (Spring 2017)
PHIL 630: Graduate Seminar in Philosophy of Religion - Conceptions of God and the Afterlife (Fall 2012)
As Assistant Professor at CSULB
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2006 – Spring 2014)
PHIL 204: Early Modern Philosophy (Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
PHIL 330: Philosophy of Religion (Summer 2007, Summer 2008, Fall 2009, Summer 2010)
PHIL 497H: Honors Seminar (Spring 2008)
PHIL 490/590: Special Topics in Early Philosophy – Aquinas (Spring 2007)
PHIL 491/591: Special Topics in Modern - Early Modern Women Philosophers (Spring 2010)
PHIL 491/591: Special Topics - Leibniz and Conway on Theodicy (Spring 2011)
PHIL 620: Pro-Seminar in the History of Philosophy - Freedom and Determinism (Fall 2007)
PHIL 630: Graduate Seminar Philosophy of Religion - Can God be Free? (Fall 2006)
PHIL 630: Graduate Seminar Philosophy of Religion - Persons: Human and Divine (Fall 2008)
As Faculty Fellow at Colby College
PHIL 114: Nature and God (Fall 2005)
PHIL 274: Philosophy of Religion (Spring 2006)
PHIL 298: Science and Pseudoscience (Spring 2006)
PHIL 397: Metaphysics (Fall 2005)
As Teaching Associate at UMass Amherst (with full responsibility)
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy (Summer, Fall 2001, Spring, Summer 2002)
PHIL 100: Online Introduction to Philosophy (Summer 2004)
PHIL 160: Introduction to Ethics (Fall 2002, Spring 2003)
PHIL 164: Medical Ethics (Spring 2004)
PHIL 164: Online Medical Ethics (Summer 2003, Winter 2004, Fall 2004, Winter 2005)
PHIL 330: Continental Rationalism (Spring 2005)
PHIL 382: Philosophical Approaches to Science (Fall 2003)
Director, Kevin Watkins, “Tracing and Offloading: A Neo-Lockean reply to Johnston,” Defense October 2014.
Member, Christian Weede, “Overcoming the Present,” Defended March 2015.
Member, Josh Folk, “Manipulation and Moral Responsibility” Defended July 2012.
Member, Amy Conti, “Virtue Ethics, Dirty Hands, and Consequentialism” Defended August 2011.
Director, David Glover, "Reconciling the Doctrine of Original Sin with Principles of Moral Responsibility,” Defended June 2010.
Director, Kara Sutton-Jones, “An Application of Philippa Foot’s Virtue Theory in Journalism,” Defended March 2010.
Member, Saad Anis, “A Defense of Mackie’s Error Theory,” Defended June 2009.
Member, Debraun Ellis “Immigration” Defended December 2008.
Member, Matthew Franko, “Some Common Arguments Against Active Euthanasia and Why They Fail,” Defended December 2008.
Member, Justin Wells, “From Despair to Tragedy to Irony to Apathy: The Meaning of Life and Implications of the Absurd In Thomas Nagel and Susan Wolf,” Defended August 2007
Undergraduate Honors Theses
Jacee Cantler, TBD, 2017
Zien Halwani, “Adiqqa min Kasb al-Ash'ari: Precision from Ash’ari’s Theory of Acquisition,” 2013
Rebekah Bonner, “The Role of Religion in a Post-Darwinian Society,” 2011
Nicolas Porter, “The Role of The Natural History of Religion in David Hume’s Religious Corpus” 2009
Errol Dauis, “An Approach to Moral Disagreement and Moral Progress in David Hume’s Ethical System” 2007
Member of the APA Committee on Defense of Professional Rights of Philosophers, 2016-2019
Member of the APA Pacific Division Program Committee, 2017-2019
National Endowment for the Humanities Review Panelist
Reviewer for Journal of the History of Philosophy, Philosopher's Imprint, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Philosophy Compass, Sophia, Synthese, Journal of Religion, The Monist, Routledge, Ashgate Publishing, Hackett Publishing, and Oxford University Press
Chair, APA Pacific Division Meeting 2012
Chair, First Annual Leibniz Society of North America Conference, Rice University January 26, 2008
Outside Reviewer for the Interdisciplinary Studies Panel at CUNY, Spring 2008.
Co-organizer for the California Conference in Early Modern Philosophy, 2006 and 2007
Department/College/University Service at KU
Hall Center Executive Committee Fall 2019-2022 (Chair, 2020)
CAC Fall 2020-2023
Hall Center Faculty Travel Awards Committee, Chair, Fall 2019
Philosophy Department Graduate Committee 2018-2020
Hall Center Humanities Research Fellowship Committee Fall 2018
Curricular Integration Committee Fall 2018-
College/University Service at CSULB
Campus Academic Calendar Committee 2017-2020
Advisory Council for Enrollment Services 2016-2019
College of Liberal Arts Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee 2016-2018
CLA Faculty Council Fall 2016
CLA Election Committee 2016
Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology 2012-13
Faculty Hearing Panel Representative 2007-2015
Department Service at CSULB
Graduate Program Advisor Fall 2017-2020
Development of Standard Course Outline for PHIL 101: The Meaning of Life, 2016
Philosophy Department Undergraduate Committee 2016-2017
Philosophy Department Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee 2012-2013
Philosophy Department Curriculum Committee 2012-2014
Philosophy Day at CSULB Co-organizer 2013
Philosophy Department Undergraduate Advisor 2008-11
Philosophy Department Scholarship and Awards Committee, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2013-14, Spring 2015
Chair, Philosophy Department Faculty Search Committee for History of Philosophy position 2007-2008
Department Honors Program Advisor 2007-2008
Graduate Program Committee 2007-2009
Advisory Committee, 2007-2008
Grade Appeals Committee 2007-2009, 2013
Philosophy Department Interim Chair Search Committee 2007-2008
Philosophy Department Library Committee, 2006-2008, Chair 2007-2008
Hybrid Course Study Group 2006-2007
Philosophy Department Faculty Search Committee for Open position 2006-2007
American Philosophical Association
British Society for the History of Philosophy
Leibniz Society of North America (Nominated 2004)
Society for Women in Philosophy
Society for Analytical Feminism
Latin Language Proficiency
Some Reading Knowledge of French