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Research Interests

    Hegel, German Idealism,
    Metaphysics/Ontology, and the Philosophy of Time


Education

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


Ph
D (Candidate)
    Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.
    Philosophy
    Dissertation (see below); Class List
    (2010
- 2016)

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


BA
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    Majors/Concentrations:
    Biology/Neurobiology
    Art Theory and Practice
    (1991 - 1996)


Dissertation (In process)

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.

[Compare: The traditional definition of an ontological argument? Read More

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