Professional Activity

Professional Service

University Service

  • 2016-2018 President, Iowa Lyceum
    • University of Iowa, Department of Philosophy: Iowa City, Iowa
    • The Iowa Lyceum is a pre-college philosophy summer camp.
  • 2015-2019 President, Bertrand Russell Society-Iowa Chapter
    • University of Iowa, Department of Philosophy: Iowa City, Iowa

Professional Memberships

Other Philosophical Activities

My extra curricular philosophizing includes live-tweeting philosophy texts, moderating and contributing to /r/askphilosophy and /r/philosophy, and recording philosophical works as public-domain audio books for LibriVox—I am up to 43 hours and counting.

This website also hosts a blog, A Logician & A Snake, where I archive and share mostly thoughts on the history of analytic philosophy, logic and philosophy of logic, foundations and philosophy of math, and metaphysics and modal logic.

The blog name is an allusion to the story in Bereishis (a.k.a. Genesis 3). I am the logician. The snake stands in for philosophical temptations: temptations to dogmatic answers, to captivating ideas, and to the need for certainty. These are the sort of philosophical temptations discussed at length and in different ways by Russell and Wittgenstein. Professional philosophers like anyone else struggle with these philosophical temptations. I do some struggling in my blog. If you are there reading, then you are along for the ride.