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RESEARCH

Below are links of some of my scholarly research on history and philosophy of sensory perception as well as skateboarding and graffiti. Click on the title to read. Enjoy!

PHILOSOPHY OF PERCEPTION

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I attempt to account for Spinoza's bizarre claim that we both correctly and incorrectly perceive the sun as 200 feet away based on Spinoza's "affective perception."

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THE MOLYNEUX PROBLEM (

2017) Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The definitive (short) guide to Molyneux's question.

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ADAM SMITH ON SENSORY PERCEPTION: A SYMPATHETIC ACCOUNT (

2014) Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith.

PERCEPTION BY SYMPATHY: CONNECTING ADAM SMITH'S 'EXTERNAL SENSES' TO HIS 'SENTIMENTS' (2014) Adam Smith Review

ADAM SMITH AND THE PROBLEM OF THE EXTERNAL WORLD (

2011) Journal of Scottish Philosophy


This trilogy of papers is the first scholarly treatment of Adam Smith's adolescent essay, "On the External Senses," and his answer to Molyneux's question.

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This is the first pluralist answer to Molyneux's question: Yes, No, Yes AND No, and a defense of its relevancy today.

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PERCEPTION AND PROSOPAGNOSIA IN MK 8.22-26 (2014) Journal for the Study of the New Testament

This is the first scholarly paper to discuss the gospel narrative of Jesus healing a person with blindness two times in the context of research in the Cognitive Sciences.

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The definitive (long) guide to Molyneux's question.

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This is the first scholarly paper dedicated to interpreting Leibniz's answer to Molyneux's question. I offer an interpretation based on Leibniz's correspondence with the Bohemian Queen Sophie Charlotte.

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HEARING COLOR: RADICAL PLURALISTIC REALISM AND SSD (2009) Proceedings of AP-CAP

This describes our novel invention, "The Kromophone," a Color Sonification Sensory Substitution Device, and its philosophical significance as sensory exotica.

URBAN ARTS

Dave Mull Interview (2018) Thrasher Magazine

I interview one of the riskiest skateboarders ever, and uncover the secrets of his seemingly irrational behavior.

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I suggest that sport is partially defined by moments of subversive activity by practitioners, moments where the rules are demonstrated to be void in controlling play. Skateboarding is an exemplar of such a definitional criterion.

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THE STORY OF THE ACCESSIBLE ICON PROJECT (2016) Experiential Learning in Philosophy

The 'Accessible Icon Project,' a graffiti campaign to change disability signage is discussed here in the context of student collaboration.

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I argue that graffiti exemplifies both the danger and innovation in authentic forms of expression and life.

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I interview longtime graffiti coconspirator Travis Edwards on vandalism, gangs, and the future of the infamous crew Big Time Mob.

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LOVE IS A FEELING (2011) Salem News

I argue that undomesticated love is constituted by a feeling has nothing to do with commitment or institutionalized contracts.