Email: sdrd at ufl dot edu
Office: 330A Griffin-Floyd Hall
Office hours (Fall 2018): Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, and by appointment
I'm an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Florida. My research focuses on early modern European philosophy, in particular on the history of discussions of materialism. The project began by looking at the materialist philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, and the reactions of other modern philosophers to Hobbes's views. As the project has developed, I've been looking more at critics of materialism (such as Leibniz) and at other early modern materialists (such as John Toland and Margaret Cavendish).
I am also the department's graduate co-ordinator. You can find information about our PhD and MA programs here, and information about how to apply here. If you have any questions, please email me.
- "Toland and Locke in the Leibniz-Burnett Correspondence" Locke Studies 17 (2017) 117-41.
- "Hobbes, Universal Names, and Nominalism", in Stefano Di Bella & Tad M. Schmaltz (ed.), The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017).
- "Hobbes on Language: Propositions, Truth, and Absurdity", in A.P. Martinich and K. Hoekstra (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Hobbes (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- "Leibniz on the Expression of God", Ergo 2 (2015) 83-103.
- "Leibniz's Mill Arguments Against Materialism", Philosophical Quarterly 62 (2012) 250-72.
- "Debating Materialism: Cavendish, Hobbes, and More", History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2012) 391-409.
For a complete list of publications, see my publications page.
In Fall 2018 I am teaching Modern Philosophy (PHH3400) and Modern Philosophy 1 (PHH5405). Students in those classes can find more information on the Canvas pages.