Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Office: Crown Center, 3rd floor
Lake Shore Campus
Welcome to my Loyola homepage. I've been teaching at Loyola since 1994. I did my graduate work at Northwestern, where I had the privilege to write a dissertation under the direction of John McCumber. Early in my career I focused primarily on Kant, Hegel, and continental philosophy. My current interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and literature, especially Shakespeare. In All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity (MIT, 2014), I look at various ways in which modern philosophers have taken Hamlet to personify negation. I came to this project after completing a book in which I rhetorically compared the genesis of the analytic/continental divide in philosophy to Shakespeare's depiction of the Wars of the Roses. Besides Shakespeare, I have a growing interest in figures who function as switch points between the history of philosophy and the history of poetry (e.g., Coleridge and Eliot) and in varieties of metaphysical poetry (from John Donne to David Lewis). I am now collaborating with Jeff Bell and Paul Livingston on projects related to the present state of philosophy.