About

View More: http://theblackbirdink.pass.us/rockwoods2014I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the philosophy department at Brigham Young University (as of Fall 2017). Prior to this appointment I received my Ph.D. from UC San Diego (June 2014) and taught at Virginia Tech (2014-2017).

My main research interests are in early modern epistemology and metaphysics. I am particularly interested in Locke’s empiricist epistemology, including how experience can provide us with knowledge of the existence of objects and their properties. This was the topic of my dissertation and related publications (2013, 2016). My more recent projects concern the intersection of science and religion in early modern philosophy. For example, I am interested in whether miracles are possible on Locke’s Essentialist theory of laws (they are), and whether Hume is right that laws of nature provide us with a decisive reason for rejecting a person’s testimony that a miracle has occurred (they don’t).

Another research interest is in the philosophy of religion (both historical and contemporary). In a recent paper (forthcoming), I present a novel approach to explaining how human freedom is compatible with divine foreknowledge. I am also currently working on a series of papers that explore how, according to Locke, religious belief can be rationally justified.

Outside the halls of academia, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 4 boys, hiking in the Rockies, and watching movies and sports (though I basically never watch TV shows).

 

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