13233057_10156972339860584_3843703892452453485_nI am Professor of Philosophy and James B. and Grace J. Nelson Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

I received my Ph. D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. Before coming to Michigan in 2010, I was a member of the Department of Philosophy at Duke University for over 20 years.

My areas of specialization are the history of early modern philosophy (17th and 18th centuries); the history and philosophy of early modern science; and the relation of philosophy and science to theology in the early modern period. I have as particular research interests the following features of early modern thought: the variety of early modern “Cartesianisms”; the influence of late scholasticism; the nature of the “Scientific Revolution”; substance-mode metaphysics and mereology; and theories of causation and freedom.

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