I mainly focus on systematic metaphysical and epistemological questions that stem from the Post-Kantian German philosophical tradition. I am currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where I was first appointed in the fall of 2016. Before joining the faculty at CUHK I was a lecturer in philosophy at Clemson University from 2014-2016.
I took my PhD in philosophy in August 2014 under Richard Dien Winfield at the University of Georgia. Before taking my PhD in philosophy I completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Bonn, Germany (2013-2014). At the University of 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 concerning self-reference. Specifically, I focused 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 adopting Hegel's concept of universality. In the dissertation I explicate Hegel's Lehre vom Begriff (Doctrine of the Concept) in close detail. I explored the details of Hegel's solution, which requires the adoption of a logic of self-reference and existential implication. In the dissertation I also demonstrate how Hegel's concept of universality may be applied to solve more problems, such as psychologism and onto-theology, which have their origin in modern philosophy. The dissertation is currently being revised into a monograph on Hegel which ought to appear in late 2017.
Currently, I am investigating how Hegel's Science of Logic is designed to respond to the early German Romantics. My interest in the historical connection between Hegel and German Romanticism is a reflection of my systematic interest in questions concerning the legitimacy of the authority of Reason and the relation between Rationalism and Philosophical Mysticism.
My other current research project is entitled Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Myth. This book will constitute the second volume in a trilogy of books on Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms. (The first book in the trilogy, Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Language, was published in November 2014 by Lexington Books.) The trilogy focuses on the three volumes of Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms: Philosophie der Symbolischen Formen: Die Sprache (1923), Das mythische Denken (1925), and Phänomenologie der Erkenntnis (1929). Each book in the trilogy investigates two central, albeit neglected, themes in each of Cassirer’s volumes on the philosophy of symbolic forms: (i) the autonomy of the cultural forms and (ii) the influence of G.W.F. Hegel’s Logic of the Concept on the concept of autonomy in Die Philosophie der Symbolischen Formen. In Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Language I investigated the autonomy of language, and Hegel’s role in the development of that concept; in Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Myth I intend to investigate the autonomy of myth and Hegel’s influence on Cassirer’s concept of the autonomy of myth.
Beyond these research projects, I have broader interests in contemporary German philosophy, the Philosophy of Religion, as well as Buddhist and Japanese philosophy, with special emphasis on the Kyoto School.
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 I 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.