I mainly focus on systematic philosophy that stems from Greek and German philosophical systems.I have recently been appointed as a lecturer of philosophy at Clemson University for the upcoming academic year 2014-2015. I recently finished my PHD in philosophy (August 2014) under Richard Dien Winfield at UGA and recently returned from a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship in Bonn, Germany (2013-2014). In Bonn I investigated Schelling's influence on Hegel's Doctrine of the Concept under Markus Gabriel.
My dissertation focused on how G.W.F. Hegel's Wissenschaft der Logik (Science of Logic) may be applied to solve perennial philosophical problems. Specifically, I focus on how Plato's problem of participation and Aristotle's problem of the missing differentia, a somewhat neglected problem in the philosophical literature, may be solved by applying Hegel's concept of universality. In the dissertation I explicate Hegel's Lehre vom Begriff (Doctrine of the Concept) in close detail.
I explore the details of Hegel's solution, which requires the adoption of a logic of self-reference and existential implication.
Although I do discuss how Hegel's concept of universality may be applied to more problems (such as psychologism and onto-theology), the problem of participation and the missing differentia deserve special attention because of the threat they pose to any philosophical attempt to grasp the being of the concept.
In addition to my interests in Greek and German metaphysics and epistemology, I have broader interests in Philosophical Mysticism and Buddhist philosophy among others. Because I am thoroughly committed to the Socratic mission, teaching is integral to my mission as a philosopher. Teaching provides philosophers a way to improve the moral condition of the community to which they belong. Accordingly, one of my main goals as a teacher of philosophy is to extend philosophy and the skills endemic to philosophy beyond the philosophy classroom, e.g. on campus student groups, other disciplines such as medicine and law, business, politics, and the personal lives of students.