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Research Interests           [printable CV]

    Hegel, German Idealism
    Husserl, Internal-Time Consciousness
    Philosophy of Time
    Metaphysics/Ontology
   


Education

Graduate Hours and Class Lists:
     Doctorate Program (Catholic Univ. of America)
     Community Scholar Program (Univ. of Virginia)
     Masters Program (Liberty Univ.)


PhD Philosophy
(Candidate)
     Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.
     Dissertation (see below); Class List
     (2010
- Present)

MA  Religious Studies
     Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
     Concentration: Philosophy of Religion
     Thesis; Class List
     (2004 - 2009)


BA  Biology / Art Theory & Practice
     Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
     Concentration: Neurobiology
     (1991 - 1996)


Dissertation (In process)

     Draft 1 Complete 05/15/2017
     (available upon request)


Title:
     HEGEL'S MODAL ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT

Committee:
     Director: Dr. Antón Barba-Kay
     Readers:  Dr. Michael Rohlf and
               Dr. Timothy Noone

 
Topic Details:

     Hegel broadens the definition of Ontological Argument beyond the normal scope of arguments for the existence of God. He is no theist himself, but he makes use of the argument within his own philosophy. Though he analyzes the arguments of Anselm, Descartes, Leibniz, and others, he also presents his own ontological argument, but this is not generally recognized. His argument is formal, and his philosophy allows for a certain kind of formal deduction, but this too is not generally recognized. It is also, surprisingly but defensibly, a modal deduction. While Hegel's own writings contain ample evidence of this, this particular assertion about Hegel is surprising and new.
     I proceed in defending these claims by calling out the formal characteristics of the argument, defending the idea that Hegel's philosophy allows for such an argument, and revealing the ways in which it is integrated into the rest of his philosophical system. The conclusion is that Hegel's philosophy is itself an ontological argument in the form of a modal disjunctive syllogism.

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