Bio and Research Interests
I'm currently a graduate student in philosophy in the philosophy department at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton, I obtained a BA in Philosophy (summa cum laude) and Mathematics (cum laude) from Cornell. My main areas of interest are Kant and other philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries (especially Leibniz). My areas of competence are philosophy of mind, social philosophy, logic and philosophy of logic, and philosophy of language.
My dissertation concerns Kant's critique of Leibniz in the critical period. Kant criticizes Leibniz for failing to appreciate that the mind is endowed with two faculties, namely, sensibility and the understanding. Instead, Leibniz holds that there is a single faculty: the understanding. In my dissertation, I try to answer the following questions: (1) Is this a fair assessment of Leibniz's philosophy of mind? (2) What, for Kant, is (epistemically, semantically, cognitively) problematic about a mind endowed with a single faculty? In short, I argue that (1) no, Leibniz's theory of mind is more sophisticated than what Kant suggests, and in fact it is closer to what a mind with two faculties is like; and (2) it is nonetheless (epistemically, semantically, cognitively) better to be endowed with two faculties, once you make certain metaphysical assumptions.
Outside philosophy, I enjoy playing the drums and listening to jazz. I am also an avid birdwatcher (you can find some of my favorite photos here).
During the spring 2020, I'm co-organizing (with Hendrik Lorenz, Claudia Yau, and Adele Watkins) a reading group on philosophical issues regarding racism. I'm also a member of Princeton's Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter. If you have any questions about either the reading group or MAP, don't hesitate to reach out!
I'm also co-organizing (with Haley Brennan) an upcoming conference on Kant on the Self. Due to COVID-19, this conference has now been postponed and will be held in Spring 2021.