Associate Professor of Philosophy, St Joseph's College
I received a PhD in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (now simply "KU Leuven"), Leuven, Belgium in 2006. I also received an MPhil (Licentiate, MA equivalent) in philosophy from the same institution in 2003. I completed an MCS (Master of Christian Studies, also an MA equivalent) in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada in 2002 (also received 2003). I received a BA (Honours) in philosophy from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1998. Somewhere in the middle of all that I got married, had two kids, and got a job! :)
Research Areas and Interests:
- Relationship between Nature and Culture
- Intersections with Philosophy of Technology
- Intersections with Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
- Nonhuman Animals
- Environmental Radicalism (including Deep Ecology)
- Reformist Environmentalism and Social Acquiescence
Philosophy of Religion
- Problem of Natural Evil
- Divine Alterity
- Axiological Transcendence
Philosophy of Culture
- Civilization, Primitivism, and Anarchism
- Non-agrarian Hermeneutics
Philosophy of Technology
- Technological Societies (Jacques Ellul)
- Technological Enframement (Martin Heidegger)
I teach undergraduate courses in the following areas:
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Theology (Christianity and the Environment)
I supervise graduate students (MA or Phd) in Religious Studies working in the area of Religion and Ecology.
The moral, conceptual, existential, environmental, socio-political, and spiritual issues raised by the practice of hunting by humans.
Philosophical dimensions of issues raised by our relationship to the environment.
General topics in the Philosophy of Religion, which may include the concept of 'religion,' the existence of God, meaning and intelligibility in religious language, religion and morality, implications of the social scientific study of religion.
An examination of the interrelations of science, technology, society and environment, emphasizing an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences perspective. Note: not to be taken by students with credit in INT D 200.