Curriculum Vitae 2017

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Ph.D.  Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2017
M.A.  Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2016
M.A.  Orthodox Theology, University of Balamand, 2014
B.A.   Humanities, emphasis History, Biola University, 2004


Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky, Spring 2017
Instructor of Philosophy, Asbury University, 2013-2017
Director of High School Studies, Veritas Academy, 2013-2014
Master Tutor, Torrey Academy, 2010-2012
Tutor, Torrey Academy, 2007-2010


Specialization in Ethics and the History of Philosophy.
Competence in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Religion.


  1. “The Case for Agnosticism about Causal Closure” (revise and resubmit to Religious Studies)
  2. Becoming What We Are (book draft complete)


University of Kentucky

  1. Business Ethics (x4)
  2. Health Care Ethics (x4)
  3. Introduction to Philosophy (x2)
  4. Ethics (x3)
  5. Logic (x2)\newline

Asbury University

  1. Philosophy of Religion (independent study)
  2. Philosophy of C.S. Lewis
  3. Virtue Ethics, Ancient and Modern
  4. Introduction to Philosophy (x6)\newline

As Teaching Assistant, University of Kentucky

  1. Logic (x2)\newline

As Teaching Assistant, Biola University

  1. Philosophy of Science \newline


  1. Vainglory is not a form of Pride”, SOPHIA Conference, Spring Branch, TX 2017.
  2. “Natural Teleology without Theology in Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos” Society of Christian Philosophers, University of San Diego, 2016.
  3. “Fairy Tale Nihilism: The Empty Hero in Kung Fu Panda and The Great and Powerful Oz,” Faith and Film Conference, Baylor University, 2014.
  4. “Is the Cosmos Causally Closed?” Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University, 2014.
  5. “Socratic Therapy,” SOPHIA Conference, Spring Branch, TX 2014.
  6. “Virtue and Imaginative Resistance,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Rhodes College, 2014.
  7. “Virtue and Imaginative Resistance,” South Carolina Society of Philosophers, University of South Carolina, 2014.


  1. Comments on Rob Elisher’s “Aristotelian Moral Schizophrenia”, University of Kentucky Graduate School Conference.
  2. Referee for Kentucky Graduate School Conference submissions, 2017.
  3. “How to Keep Momentum in Dissertation Writing,” University of Kentucky Graduate School, Writing Bootcamp, 2016.
  4. Comments on David Skowronski’s “Inductive Reasoning in Naturalism and Supernaturalism.” Society of Christian Philosophers, University of San Diego, 2016.
  5. Session Chair, Ian Ramsey Centre Conference, Oxford University, 2014.
  6. Comments on Andrew Greenlee’s “Combating the Normativity Challenge to Virtue Ethics,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Rhodes College, 2014.
  7. Referee for Kentucky Graduate School Conference submissions, 2013.


Title: Becoming What We Are: Virtue and Practical Wisdom as Natural Ends
Committee: David Bradshaw (Chair), Dan Breazeale, Stefan Bird-Pollan, Mark Kightlinger
Abstract (Brief): This dissertation defends moral realism and ethical naturalism. I dispute John McDowell’s conception of “nature” in his version of neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism and endorse Philippa Foot’s conception. Her view is true even on a broadly construed scientific naturalism. I defend Footian “organic” naturalism by appealing to generic propositions in linguistic theory to show that science trades in fundamental normative concepts such as life forms and functions. ‘Human being’ and ‘practical reasoning’ are terms we use to capture generic life forms and functions which have scientific and ethical import. Building with generics, we can construct scientifically respectable utterances such as that human beings are practical, rational primates and good human beings exemplify virtues, especially practical wisdom. I offer my own contemporary definitions of ‘virtue’ and ‘practical wisdom’ and explore in more detail the view that practical reasoning is an intrinsically value-laden activity of identifying the good or the to-be-pursued. In short, virtue and practical wisdom are natural ends for human beings. We are practical rational animals capable of reasoning, so we ought to become practically wise, despite varying abilities and life circumstances. The life of virtue is the life spent becoming what we are.


  1. Introduction to Philosophy (online course, Freedom Project Academy, 2017)
  2. Humanities: 20th Century British Thought (Veritas Academy, KY 2013)
  3. Philosophy: Plato on Being and Knowing (Torrey Academy, CA 2011)
  4. Philosophy: Traditional Logic (Torrey Academy, CA 2009-2010)
  5. Humanities: Foundations of American Thought (Torrey Academy, CA 2009-2012)
  6. Humanities: Ancient and Medieval Thought (Torrey Academy, CA 2008-2012)
  7. Humanities: 20th Century British Thought (Torrey Academy, CA 2007-2012)
  8. Philosophy: Great Books Tutor, GATE Program (Willow School of Long Beach, CA 2001-2002)
  9. ESL Tutor (Etum Academy, CA 2010-2012)
  10. ESL Teacher (Biola University Abroad, Ulaambatar, Mongolia, 2001)


  1. Director of High School Studies (Veritas Academy, 2013-2014)
  2. Master Tutor (Torrey Academy, 2010-2012)
  3. Lecturer (Wheatstone Academy, 2006-2011)
  4. Assistant Director (Wheatstone Academy, 2004-2005)


Travel Funding, University of Kentucky Philosophy Department (2014, 2015, 2016)
Travel Funding, University of Kentucky Graduate School (2014)
Teaching Assistantship, University of Kentucky (2012-2016)
Perpetual Member of the Torrey Honors Institute, Academic Honors Society (2004)


  1. “Morality: Rule-following or New Life?,” Wesleyan Society, Lexington KY, 2014.
  2. “Reading Great Books in Classical Education,” Veritas Academy, Lexington KY, 2013.
  3. “The Goodness of the Tao: CS Lewis’ Abolition of Man,” Torrey Academy, CA 2012.
  4. “Is Vainglory Pride? Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night,” Torrey Academy, 2012.
  5. “Hope and the Cycle of Desire,” Hope Academy, 2011.
  6. “The Art of Conversation: Conversation with Art,” Wheatstone Academy, La Habra, CA 2011.
  7. “The Virtue of Constancy,” Hope Academy, Yorba Linda, CA 2009.
  8. “Life Experience as a Text: Learning From Initiatives,” Biola University, CA 2007.


Reading proficiency in Ancient Greek
Speaking fluency in Spanish
Basic programming in HTML, CSS, and LaTex


Society of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 2012-present
American Philosophical Association, 2014-present
Society of Orthodox Philosophers in America, 2014-present
International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, 2015-present


David Bradshaw, Professor of Philosophy
University of Kentucky, 1415 Patterson. / 859-257-7107

Dan Breazeale, Professor of Philosophy
University of Kentucky, 1417 Patterson. / 859-257-4376

Brandon Look, Research Professor of Philosophy
University of Kentucky, 1415 Patterson. / 859-257-1862

Chris Bounds, Chair, Philosophy and Religion
Asbury University, One Macklem Drive, Wilmore KY. / 859-858-3511