I received my MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2002 and my PhD in Philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007.
Since 2007 I have taught at Laurier and St. Francis Xavier University.
My current research investigates Early Modern Philosophy topics through the lens of Argumentation Theory, Critical Thinking and Informal logic.
I am currently working on a book tentatively titled Desc(ART) where I use recent developments in Informal logic and Argumentation theory to shed new light on Descartes’ Meditations. After contextualizing Descartes’ views by placing them in the larger historical and cultural context of 17th century Europe, I use Leo Groarke’s Informal logic “ART” approach (Acknowledge-Represent-Test) to reconstruct Descartes’ arguments in multimodal form, employing period images and music alongside verbal claims.
Drawing on recent work in Argumentation Theory, my second research project looks at the role of audience in Descartes’ works. I argue that Descartes carefully considered his intended audience and tailored accordingly the content, the style, the tone, the reading instructions as well as the predictions about the likelihood of success of his readers. Descartes wrote in an invitational and conversational way using rhetorical and argumentative means to elicit reader engagement and facilitate uptake. A thorough analysis of Descartes published works uncovers a large-scale, well-crafted rhetorical strategy which emphasizes the replicability of Descartes' results as well as the applicability and adaptability of his insights.