My dissertation is on Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason (PSR). This is roughly the claim that everything has an explanation. I examine, within the context of Leibniz’s philosophy, the PSR’s grounding, modal status, and relation to God. I argue that Leibniz takes the PSR to be a contingent truth. I also argue that he grounds the PSR in its value, not in purely descriptive metaphysical facts.

In addition to early modern philosophy, I am interested in both metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. A particular interest within the former concerns skepticism about metaphysics itself. A particular interest within the latter concerns the distinction between theoretical and practical reasons for religious belief.