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I am generally interested in metaphysical topics. My research has focused primarily on Descartes's philosophy, but my area of research covers the History of Philosophy, especially Early Modern Philosophy and some Late Medieval Philosophy. Currently, my work has focused on Descartes's metaphysics of cognition: what is Descartes's account of the human cognitive system? How does sensory cognition occur? What are ideas, and how does the perception of them contribute to the formation of human cognition? In addition, I am also interested in historical conceptions of human nature, viz. the metaphysical constitution of human beings, during the Late Medieval and Early Modern periods. What is a human being? What is the mind or intellect, and how does it relate to the body?

Some of the wider questions that have guided my research concern the development of the mechanistic sciences during the Early Modern period. Because of these developments, tensions emerged and grew between the newer conceptions of human beings and their relation to the world offered by the new sciences, on the hand, and their more traditional conceptions rooted largely in Aristotelian grounds (with a good amount of Platonic and religious elements as well). I approach thinkers during this period (and any historical period) as having made novel contributions while remaining steeped in traditional ways of thinking.

Although the bulk of my research focuses on the History of Philosophy, I am fundamentally motivated by philosophical concerns. What are we? What is the nature of the world? How do we cognitively access the world? What is our relation to the world?

In my research (and also my teaching), I take seriously the idea that philosophy is best done with charity and patience.