Hi. I’m Paul. I’m a PhD student in philosophy, and I like this quip by Wolfgang Huemer which describes why I do what I do rather well.

“Philosophers tend to have the bad habit of detecting complex and mind-boggling problems in contexts that seem clear and obvious in everyday life.”
—The Constitution of Consciousness: A Study in Analytic Phenomenology, 2004

My contact information is there to the right, and you can scroll down to find out more about who I am. Thanks for stopping by!



I am a member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a graduate student in their PhD program. Before this, I completed an MA for the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, with a thesis on the concept of intuition in the work of Immanuel Kant. My CV.

Publications

2018. “Imagining Hospitality.” In/Versions. Winter 2018. 35-40.

Presentations

“Apriority and Analyticity in Peirce’s Early Metaphysics.” Presentations: UCI Graduate Work-in-Progress Group (2019)

“On the Synthesis of Kantian Intuitions in Debates About Nonconceptual Content.” Presentations: SDSU Philosophy and Representation Conference (2018), 16th Annual SJSU Philosophy Department Alumni Conference (2018)

“Insignificant Incidents: Pessoa’s The Education of the Stoic and Sorrentino’s La Grande Belleza.” Presentations: 46th Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 (2018)

“Artfully Formed Laws for Harmonious Civic Life: A Problem for Contemporary Peripatetics.” Presentations: 69th Northwest Philosophy Conference (2017)

“Alison Assiter and Kierkegaard on Love and the State.” Presentations: Atmospheres Humanities Symposium (2016), Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference (2016), HERA Annual Meeting (2017)

“Absurdly Insignificant Incidents: The Suicidal Tendencies of Fernando Pessoa’s Baron of Teive.” Presentations: 2nd Portuguese Congress of Philosophy (2016), NeMLA Annual Meeting (2017)

“Ego Sum Veritas: The Kierkegaardian God-Man.” Presentations: 19th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (2015)



Extracurricular

I create music under the pseudonym Sigh, I’m very slowly writing both a set of interrelated plays structured according to the classic ‘tetralogy’ model as well as a more modern novel, and I have quite a few unpublished poems lying around.