Chair of the Philosophy Department, Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Texas Christian University; M.A., Ph.D., Rice University
I teach a wide range of philosophy courses, including Ethics, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, and Classical Greek Philosophy. I have published numerous articles on ethics and the philosophy of art, as well as a book on federal funding for the arts.
My newest book, Consuming Choices , was published in April 2010, by Rowman and Littlefield. The book explores whether consumers have moral obligations to boycott products made with immoral practices such as slave labor, animal cruelty, or environmental harm.
In my spare time, I like to play with my crazy chocolate lab, Dolly, and my two wily cats, Satchmo and Edith. I also spend time co-producing a weekly show for WWRM, Randolph's student radio station, and working on and driving my mobile artwork, "The Ant Car".
I was an English major in college because I didn't discover the delights of philosophy until my junior year. Fortunately, my conversion occurred just in time to prepare myself to undertake graduate study in philosophy at the University of Texas.
While each part of philosophy has its distinctive riches, my own attention has been drawn especially to the philosophy of language. Here philosophers combine the resources of linguistics and logic to develop theoretical explanations of the ways in which meaning is conveyed by language and speakers. My own recent efforts have been focused on developing a better theory of the semantics of noun phrases.
Randolph College has become almost an extension of my home. My wife, Pam, is the chair of the Dance Department; and our daughter, Chloe, graduated from R-MWC in 2000 with a major in Spanish.