Jeff earned a B.A. in philosophy and history from Gettysburg College, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. He came to St. Lawrence in 2012. His recent work focuses on philosophical methodology: the study of what counts as a good philosophical argument. He's also interested in the philosophy of language and mind, particularly how to understand the nature of our linguistic abilities and knowledge. In addition to these lines of research, he is currently working on a project in philosophical pedagogy, examining how we might teach critical thinking skills in the face of widespread and problematic cognitive biases.
He regularly teaches Reasoning, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, a FYP (with Tina Tao) entitled "Sherlock Holmes and the Art and Science of Reasoning," and a FYS entitled "The Good Place and The Good Life."
Recent papers and information about his current courses can be found at his website.