Philosophy of Natural Historical Science | environmental philosophy
Favorite things to think about (at the moment):
How scientists reconstruct the deep past
Macroevolutionary theory (or the theory of evolution above the species level)
Historical contingency and historical counterfactuals
Species selection and extinction selectivity
How scientists document and explain patterns of evolutionary stasis
Connections between environmental aesthetics (especially sense of place) and paleontology
Connections between stasis in evolutionary contexts and stability in ecological and environmental contexts
I teach philosophy at Connecticut College, in New London, CT, where I am also the Karla Heurich Harrison '28 Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment. From January - May, 2017, I held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Philosophy of Science at the University of Calgary, Canada.
In the spring of 2008, I spent a sabbatical semester at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Philosophy of Science. In the fall of 2015, I had a visiting sabbatical fellowship at the KLI in Klosterneuburg, Austria.
I live in the town of Haddam, CT, with my wife Michelle (who is an archaeologist) and our dog, Toby.
Other places I've called home in the past: Decatur, IL (where I grew up); Kassel, Germany; Washington, DC; Goettingen, Germany; Nashville, TN; and Cortez, CO.