Dissertation

My dissertation seeks to clarify Husserl's unique conception of (philosophical) logic, wherein 'experience' (Erfahrung)--the perceptual presence of things and lifeforms and the lived presence of situation--is foundational to logic's task: to illuminate the unity of thinking and being. 

Research

It's difficult to say what moves one's pursuits in philosophy, insofar as 'everything' is uninformative to say. 

 

But to try: what grips me is the way in which sensibility seems internal to the ability (our ability, things' ability) to make sense at all, such that sense is always situationally called for or called off, made and unmade, rather than anything factory-installed, be it installation by nature, culture, or divinity. (That is, whatever say nature, culture, or divinity may have in how sense is made, that say would not have the form of anything brutely given.)

 

To try it differently: I'm drawn to what 'reason', 'self-consciousness', or 'freedom' could mean should it seem available to use these words to light up the mark common to our fragile human powers--powers born and bred in the times and places where we do what it is we do--as opposed to letting these words idly represent the image of some unfragile, shelf-stable ingredient that somehow gets added to those powers. 

This interest primarily takes the shape of serious engagement with post-Kantian European philosophy, including the analytic tradition, with a center of gravity in the phenomenological tradition. My dissertation concerns the latter's progenitor, Edmund Husserl (see below).

The interest also takes the shape of ongoing engagement with the history of East Asian philosophy, especially the classical 'Masters Texts (子書)' of East Asian civilization, which forms a core area of my teaching.

See below for description of my current projects.

Papers

Coming soon.