Research Interests           [Printable CV]

G. W. F. Hegel
(esp. Hegel’s Doctrine of Logic and Ontological Argument)
Ontological Arguments and Modal Logical Systems
German Idealism
Late Modern, Early Continental Philosophy

Metaphysics / Ontology (Ancient-Contemporary)
Philosophy of Religion (Ontological Arguments)
Formal/Symbolic Logic
Phenomenology (Time Consciousness)
Ethics/Biomedical Ethics
Interdisciplinary Studies and Research


PhD Philosophy
     Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.
     Dissertation "Hegel's Modal Ontological Argument"
     Defended 2018 (see below); Class List

MA  Religious Studies
     Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
     Concentration: Philosophy of Religion
     Thesis; Class List

BA  Biology / Art Theory & Practice
     Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
     Concentration: Neurobiology

Graduate Hours and Class Lists:
     Doctorate Program (Catholic Univ. of America)
     Community Scholar Program (Univ. of Virginia)
     Masters Program (Liberty Univ.)

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     Director: Dr. Antón Barba-Kay
     Readers:  Dr. Michael Rohlf and
               Dr. Timothy Noone

Dissertation Summary:
(note: longer summary at end of CV)

     Hegel broadens the definition of Ontological Argument beyond the normal scope of such arguments. He is no theist himself, but he makes use of the argument within his own philosophy. And although he analyzes the ontological arguments of Anselm, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and others, he also presents his own ontological argument, but this is not generally recognized. His argument is formal, and his philosophy allows for a certain approach to formal deduction, but this too is not generally recognized. Finally, I conclude that Hegel's argument is also, surprisingly but defensibly, a modal deduction.
     I defend these unusual claims by calling out the formal characteristics of the argument through textual analysis (Ch.I), defending the idea that Hegel's philosophy allows for such an argument (Ch.II), and revealing the ways in which it is integrated into the rest of his philosophical system (Ch.III). The conclusion (Ch.IV) is that Hegel has given us the key to interpreting his philosophy by fashioning his Absolute Identity Thesis in the form of a modal disjunctive syllogism that functions as an ontological argument.


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