I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. As of January 2018, I will be a Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London. Before this, I was a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Scarborough (2015-16) and an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bonn (2013-15). I completed my PhD in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2013.
My research focuses on metaphysics and epistemology in Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy. A guiding thread of my research is the relation between facticity and transcendental deduction, i.e., between the apparent contingency of the conditions of experience and the need to justify their necessity. German idealists like Fichte and Hegel hold that justification must eliminate facticity, justifying the conditions of experience by deriving them from reason itself. I argue that this displaces rather than settles the matter of justification, since any notion of reason presupposes the value that we contingently place on it. Retrieving insights from Kant, Schelling, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, I defend the view that deduction presupposes facticity, which does not undermine but makes possible the justification of the necessity of the conditions of experience. The advantage of this view is its insistence on the issue originally animating transcendental deduction: critique. Only by interrogating the presuppositions of reason can deduction be fully self-critical. While I pursue this thesis through historically informed reconstructions of 19th- and 20th-century post-Kantian texts, engaging with the facticity of deduction allows me to integrate insights from both analytic and continental traditions.
I am generally interested in transcendental arguments and transcendental idealism, the relation between human freedom and systematic conceptions of nature, skepticism about justification and normativity, finitude and mortality, and nihilism and the contingency of value.
By focusing on the still untold development of post-Kantian philosophy and its lasting yet mostly unnoticed significance, my research aims to cut across two prevalent divides in current scholarship--between so-called analytic and continental philosophy and between historical and contemporary philosophy. I do so, first, by drawing attention to the importance of problems for identifying and comprehending a philosophical tradition, rather than its characteristic conclusions, the idea being that problems tackled by other traditions in other times may remain with us, albeit in different forms. I pursue this synthesis, secondly, by emphasizing, in my research and my teaching, that the history of philosophy is not merely a chronicle of past positions that might provoke our curiosity, but rather a living tradition that invites us to reimagine how we live today. This history is as much a proper domain of inquiry as it is a reminder of our critical responsibilities as philosophers, as thinkers committed to taking responsibility for our intellectual and ideological inheritance and to assessing our assumptions about what counts as worthy philosophical inquiry.
My research on Kant and post-Kantian philosophy appears in journal articles in History of Philosophy Quarterly, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Idealistic Studies, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Northern European Journal of Philosophy, and Analecta Hermeneutica, and in book chapters in Rethinking Kant Vol. 4, Continental Realism and its Discontents, ThePalgrave Schelling Handbook, and The Bloomsbury Companion to Fichte. I am currently editing and contributing chapters to two collections of essays: one on the philosophy of F.W.J. Schelling for Oxford University Press, and one on historical and contemporary inquiries into skepticism for Routledge.