Publications, Presentations, and Honors


  • Scottish Philosophy in America, Editor, Library of Scottish Philosophy, Exeter, UK & Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic, (July, 2012)

  • 'Patching Up Virtue: Overcoming the Emersonian/Augustinian divide in Jennifer Herdt's Putting on Virtue', Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 41.4, 2013.
  • 'Continuity or Break: Danto and Gadamer on the Crisis of Anti-Aestheticism', Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 45.2, 2011.
  • 'Reid's Reply to Hume on Double-Vision', The Journal of Scottish Philosophy, Vol. 6.2., 2008.

Book Reviews
  • Review of Bob Tennant's Conscience, Consciousness, & Ethics in Joseph Butler's Philosophy and Ministry, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 81.2, 2012.
  • Review of Sabine Roeser's (ed.) Reid on Ethics, Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 10.1., 2012.
  • Review of J Caleb Clanton's Religion and Democratic Citizenship, Soundings, Vol. 91.1-2, 2009.

  • ‘Social Philosophy in the Thomistic & Analytic Traditions’, led by Professors John Haldane, Sarah Broadie, David Solomon, & Candace Vogler, Sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute, August 2012.
  • ‘Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation’, led by Professor Russell Hittinger, Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, August 2011.
  • ‘The Problem of Evil in the Scottish Enlightenment’, Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the John Templeton Foundation, March 2011.

Selected Talks
  • ‘Reason & Revelation in Thomas Reid’s Theology’ – Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies Seminar Series, February 2013.
  • ‘Review of Mitchell & Blackard’s Reconciling the Bible & Science’ – Christian Scholars Conference, June 2011.
  • ‘Reid, Practical Ethics, and Protestant Theology’ – AAR Mid-Atlantic Conference, March 2011.
  • ‘How Real is Reid’s Moral Realism?’ – 2nd Princeton International Symposium on Scottish Philosophy & The 18th Century Scottish Studies Society Annual Conference in Association with the Adam Smith Society, June 2010.
  • ‘Reid and Skepticism’ – Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference, March 2010.
  • ‘Sphere Sovereignty and Civil Unions’ – Abraham Kuyper Conference on ‘Sphere Sovereignty and Civil Society’, April 2008.

  • Fulbright – University of Aberdeen Post-graduate Award, 2012 – 2013
  • Abraham Kuyper Research Fellowship, 2008


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Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Christian Thought and Practice
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • World Religions
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Research Interests

  • Philosophy in the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Ethics and Religion in Democratic Societies
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Teaching Philosophy

Christian education always simultaneously pursues two types of ends: extrinsic and intrinsic goods. Extrinsically, Christian higher education is preparation for Christian Vocation. Intrinsically, it is the pursuit of truth - which is always ultimately knowledge of God and God’s acts - and also a vocation in itself. Achieving these goods is, unfortunately, difficult. Thankfully, by virtue of the Grace of God, educators may facilitate the achievement of a measure of these goods through preparation, cooperation, patience, and joy.

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Why I wouldn't be doing anything else...

In many universities today, academic departments are virtual silos, with little integration in student learning, and less interaction among faculty of different disciplines. The University of Sioux Falls is not like that. It is a true university - a community of scholars and students, devoted to the pursuit of truth and understanding - and I am thankful to be a part of it.

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