My research focuses on the history of the philosophy of science.
I am particularly interested in the rise of empirical
psychology, first in the works of Descartes and Berkeley, and
later in more experimental research by people like
Helmholtz and (especially) William James. I think we are
only beginning to understand the myriad of ways philosophy changed after
empirical studies of the mind were consigned to this new
discipline, empirical psychology, in the early 20th century. In
a related matter, I am also working on several projects
concerning the relationship between classic American philosophy
and early analytic philosophy (including logical positivism).
My areas of research and teaching specialization include the
history of philosophy of science (particularly psychology),
classic American philosophy, and early Analytic Philosophy. My
areas of research and teaching competence include British
Empiricism, Early Modern Philosophy, British and American
Idealism, and philosophy of biology.