I am a writer with strong interests in theology and philosophy. I am currently working on my first novel—a piece of historical fiction telling the backstory to Paul’s New Testament letter to Philemon—and a reflective book tentatively titled, How to Love Your Neighbor. I blog about theological, philosophical, and social issues.
I completed an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2005 and a Ph.D. in philosophy at UCLA in 2015. My dissertation—titled On Loving Some People More Than Others (abstract)—focuses on the phenomena and structure of preferential love. I have also published a paper in the philosophy of action titled, “Hegel and Externalism about Intentions”.
My main philosophical interests are in ethical theory, the philosophy of love and friendship, and the history of ethics (especially Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant). My areas of further philosophical interest include medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of action, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
I served as a Lecturer in philosophy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) during the Spring 2015 and 2016 quarters, teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in ethics. I also served as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University during the Fall 2014 and 2015 semesters.
I enjoy hiking in the mountains, I’m a fan of “the beautiful game”, and I played varsity volleyball during my undergraduate years at Stanford. I live in Pasadena, California, with my wife, two daughters, and an energetic chocolate lab named Hazel. Her areas of specialization include tug-of-war, chasing squirrels, and barking at strangers. Her areas of (semi-) competence include sitting and coming when called.