|I have added as a separate page my recent thoughts on universals.
These thoughts contrast earlier ones of mine expressed in Relations of Space and Time,
but I am not sure which position I find more attractive. Having just
started graduate school at Iowa State,
I am hoping to have some new material published soon on conservation
biology, and I am currently working on an essay on conservation ethics.
|I have updated the about the author page, and have added a
to the site as well. The author page was badly in need
of updating, and I have been trying hard to find a way to attach
less formal writings of mine, which I do more often, to this site,
although I may decide to turn blog posts into short pages, as the case
with the first post, entitled Nothingness
Has No Referent. Adding a blog also allows others to comment on
what I have written. If
all goes well, I may end up paying geocities for ad-free webspace.
|A new essay has been added to the
philosophy section entitled Nomenclatural
Gravity. This essay deals with the topic of how names function in
discusses some metaphysical views on the nature of numerical identity,
which I reject entirely. This work is in contrast to an earlier view of
mine supporting externalism in Charlie
and the Mad Doctor.
I no longer take Putnam's view, and find the essay I wrote some time
ago unsatisfying for reasons that I hope to have time to publish
properly at a later date. In the next few months, I will be completing
my degrees, finishing my research on germination and viability in
federally threatened Boltonia decurrens, and
figuring out where to pursue graduate studies.
|I have added my curriculum
vitae to the site. I am not looking for a job at this time, though
I am applying to graduate schools, which has forced me to update my CV.
I am currently working on a philosophy of language paper, as well as a
publication for my research in SIUE's
Academy. I presented a version of my paper, This Brain Owns Itself, at SIUE's first annual undergraduate
philosophy conference with mixed reviews. I am considering editing the
paper, and possibly writing a new paper that explains the concepts in a
less technical manner. Also, I am toiling with the idea of purchasing a
domain; the advertisements on this page are annoying me, and paying to
have them removed, in addition to benefitting from a domain and new
email address, is a very tempting offer.
|I have added an essay in the philosophy
section. The essay, entitled This
Brain Owns Itself, was written for a course on metaphysics that I
essay defends the view that personal identity is akin to a center of
narrative gravity, which is endorsed by Daniel Dennet.