I'm a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto. I work on topics in ancient philosophy and ethics.
In June 2017, I completed my PhD in the Department of Philosophy and the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Toronto, writing under the supervision of Rachel Barney, with Brad Inwood, James Allen, and Tom Hurka as readers. During my time in the PhD program I held a Connaught International Scholarship for doctoral work.
In my dissertation, I argued for a new account of the role of argument in changing a person's core values within the context of Plato's dialogues, focusing on issues of motivated reasoning, moral motivation, how pleasure influences one's evaluative beliefs, and Socratic method. Starting from the Apology and expanding into the Republic and other middle dialogues, I argued that, contrary to the predominant scholarly view, Plato thinks that philosophical argument can be effective at changing what a person values the most. More information is available in my dissertation abstract and on my research page.
I did my undergraduate degree at Wabash College, a liberal arts college in Indiana, and before that I taught English at a university in northern China.
I am convinced of the usefulness of philosophy in the public sphere, and I am committed to breaking down traditional barriers of entry to the study. For the last several years, I have worked as the University of Toronto's philosophy department's liaison with Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi), helping to produce videos on topics in epistemology and the philosophy of religion.
You can find my CV here.
Outside of philosophy, I enjoy pickup basketball (find me at Christie Pits Park), podcasts (a selection: one, two, three), and playing music (upright bass in a former life, these days on piano and guitar).
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org /// +1-647-217-7010
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R2M8