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, and how those issues relate to a myriad of philosophical questions, such as those in the philosophy of science and ethics. 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, a FYP (with Tina Tao) entitled "Sherlock Holmes and the Art and Science of Reasoning," and a FYS entitled "Birth, Life, and Death: The Philosophy of Your Life."
Recent papers and information about his current courses can be found at his website.