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Curriculum Vitae

I am interested in numerous areas of philosophy and teach a wide diversity of courses here at Grossmont. Mainly, I have specialized in the History of Philosophy within the Modern Period, but I am also interested in the Philosophy of Science and the connection between Philosophy and Human Happiness. Here is a bit about my academic and teaching background.

Areas of Specialization

  • Early Modern Philosophy: 17th Century, British Rationalism & Empiricism
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Science: Underdetermination, Naturalism (especially the work of WVO Quine)

Areas of Competence

  • Early Modern Philosophy: 18th Century, Proto-Feminism
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Kant



  • PhD 2005, University of California, Irvine
    • Dissertation Title: “John Norris’ Theory of Ideas: A Re-evaluation of the English Malebranche”
  • MA 2002, University of California, Irvine.
    • Topic: Underdetermination of Theories in the Works of WVO Quine
    • Topic: Metaphysical Doubt and the Cartesian Circle
  • BA 1994, California State University, Los Angeles


Teaching Experience

I have taught hundreds of college students over many years. I enjoy assisting students succeed in their specialized goals, and enjoy learning from students as well. How students perceive the material always forces me to rethink Philosophy. I have had the pleasure of working with Grossmont students for seven semesters as of Spring 2008. I have also instructed students at California State University, Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine.



  • “John Norris,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = < >. Invited Entry.
  • “Norris’ Refutation of Locke’s Thinking Matter Hypothesis,” (under submission)



  • Korean
  • French (reading)


Grossmont College Committee Membership

  • Commencement Committee
  • Publications Committee


Philosophy Coursework

  • Modern Philosophy: 17th Century
    • Modern Philosophy
    • Spinoza
    • Descartes
    • Spinoza & Leibniz
    • Leibniz & Malebranche
    • Locke’s Essay
    • The Rationalists
    • Locke & Descartes
    • Leibniz & Locke
  • Modern Philosophy: 18th Century
    • Hume
    • Idealism
    • The Empiricists
    • The History of Modern Philosophy
  • Kant
    • Kant's Transcendental Analytic
    • Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant
  • Ancient Philosophy
    • Dialectic and Reality
    • Plato’s Republic
    • History of Ancient Philosophy
    • History of Ancient Science
  • Philosophy of Science, Logic and Philosophy of Language
    • Set Theory
    • Metalogic
    • Challenge of Scientific Realism
    • Kuhn, Feyerabend & Science
    • The Philosophy of Science
    • Relativity
    • Scientific Rationalism
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Advanced Logic
    • Predicate Logic
    • Symbolic Logic
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
    • History of Analytic Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Mind and Action
    • Quine
    • Epistemology
    • Epistemology of Religion
    • Philosophy of Mathematics
    • Free Will vs. Determinism
  • Moral, Social and Political Philosophy
    • Social Contract
    • Machiavelli
    • Moral Dilemmas
    • Latin American Philosophy
    • Ethics I
    • Ethics II
    • Feminist Philosophy
Last Updated: 06/16/2015
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