Research

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 and modal status. I also examine its applications to Leibniz’s view that God has created the best of all possible worlds, and to his cosmological argument.

For an abstract of my dissertation, click here.

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 our ability to gain metaphysical knowledge. A particular interest within the latter concerns the distinction between theoretical and practical reasons for religious belief.