About Me

As a tenured, full professor I taught critical thinking, moral and political philosophy, and East Asian philosophy at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan until the College closed its undergraduate programs in Fall of 2017. I got my Ph.D. in philosophy from Wayne State University sp1(also in Detroit) in 2003. I did my dissertation on human rights there, and I’m now a Senior Lecturer in the Irvin Reid Honors College there.  I work on questions of normativity in argumentation, the historical relationship between philosophical thinking about argument and about moral judgment, on disagreement and cooperative intentionality in argumentation, and on the ontology of argument. Recently I’ve begun research for a project on the pragmatics of multi-modal arguments. I was a Visiting Research Fellow with CRRAR at the University of Windsor from 2009-2013. I am also a member of AILACT (currently serving my first term as Vice President of the organization).   My blog RAIL is devoted to scholarly issues around reasoning, argumentation, informal logic and critical thinking. I have pages at LinkedIn, and Academia.edu as well.

When I’m not doing all that I’m usually practicing, these days that means Japanese swordsmanship and tai chi ch’uan.

Finally a disclaimer, for the sake of clarity: I am not this person. We just have the same name and a background in philosophy. It’s weird, I know, but please be assured that we are in fact different people. (We’ve never met.)

All opinions on this blog and the rest are my own.