I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois Springfield, and also Chair of the Philosophy Department. I am a philosophical logician/philosopher of language, with strong side-interests in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. I joined the UIS Philosophy Department in 2004.
My Philosophical Writings
- The Inconsistency Theory of Truth, Ph.D. Dissertation, Princeton University, 1999.
- Undeniably Paradoxical, Polish Journal of Philosophy, Fall 2008 (a response to Dale Jacquette’s “Denying the Liar”).
- Disquotation, Conditionals, and the Liar, Polish Journal of Philosophy, Spring 2009 (round two of my debate with Jacquette).
- Too Much Information: Questioning Information Ethics, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, Fall 2008.
- Reply to Herold, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, Fall 2009.
- Mathematical Beauty, Art and Philosophy 35, 2009.
- Information Ethics: A Critical Assessment,
in Gabriel Ricci, ed., Values and Technology: Religion and Public Life. Transaction Publishers, 2010. Reviewed here.
- Truth and Inconsistent Concepts, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, Fall 2013.
- Paul Bartha, John Barker and Alan Hajek, Satan, Saint Peter and Saint Petersburg: Decision Theory and Discontinuity at Infinity; Synthese, December 2013.
- PHI 100, Introduction to Philosophy — Taught on campus each spring. Counts toward general education (Humanities).</li>
- PHI 401, Logic — Taught online. Satisfies the Logic/Critical Thinking requirement of the PHI major.
- PHI 471, Philosophy of Science –Taught online. Counts toward the Core distribution group of the PHI major.
- PHI 472, Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology — Taught online. While I originally developed it, other faculty members sometimes teach it. Counts toward the Core distribution group in the PHI major.
- PHI 473, Philosophy of Mind — Taught online. Counts toward the Core distribution group in the PHI major.
- PHI 481, Philosophy of Language — Taught online. Satisfies the “Advanced course in specialization” requirement in the Core distribution group.
- PHI 495, Senior Seminar in Philosophy — I was one of three faculty members who developed this course. It is taught online each fall.
My Philosophical Family Tree
An academic family tree is a way of connecting yourself to the past by looking at your teacher, your teacher’s teacher, your teacher’s teacher’s teacher, …. Typically, the teacher in question is your dissertation adviser. There isn’t any real significance to academic family trees (in my opinion), but they are fun to trace. A family tree of nearly 13,000 philosophers has been compiled. I happen to belong to the Leibniz family, which also happens to be the largest one.