Professor of Philosophy
TOP Program Coordinator, Teaching Fellows Supervisor, and Undergraduate Director
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1988
Specialties: History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology
Special Interests: Philosophy and Film; Philosophy and Terrorism
Current Projects: a book on philosophical themes in the film Blade Runner.
The Evolution of Darwinism: Selection, Adaptation, and Progress in Evolutionary Biology (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Philosophy 9/11: Thinking about the War on Terrorism (Chicago: Open Court, 2005).
"Can There be a Nonconsequentialist Rights-Based Moral Justification of Terrorism?" in P. Hanna, A. McEvoy, and P. Voutsina (eds.), An Anthology of Philosophical Studies (Athens: ATINER, 2006), pp. 409-420.
"Why Don't Zebras Have Machine Guns? Adaptation, Selection, and Constraints in Evolutionary Theory," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 39, Number 1, March 2008, pp. 135-146.
"The Morality of Palestinian Terrorism," in Stephen Law (ed.), Israel, Palestine, and Terror (London and New York: Continuum, 2008), pp. 34-46.
"The Units of Selection," in Olga Pombo et al. (eds.), Evolution: Controversies and Debates (Lisbon: Esfera do Caos Editores, 2009), pp. 153-173.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).
"Betraying a Certain Corruption of Mind: How (and How Not) to Define 'Terrorism,'" Critical Studies on Terrorism, Volume 3, Issue 2, August 2010, pp. 173-190.
"Phylogenetic Inertia and Darwin's Higher Law," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 42, March 2011, pp. 60-68.