I am a lecturer of philosophy at Coastal Carolina University where I teach both introductory and advanced courses. My main areas of research are philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophical issues related to Madagascar. I was recently a Fulbright Scholar in Madagascar at the University of Antananarivo where I taught American Studies, Philosophy of Language, and Academic English. Most of my current research projects are related to research conducted during my Fulbright. With collaborators from the University of Antananarivo, I am currently working on papers on the following topics:
- puzzling Malagasy proverbs and their philosophical significance
- the philosophical ideas of Simeon Rajaona, Madagascar's most famous intellectual
- a comparative analysis regarding fihavanana (the famous ethical concept of the Malagasy people) and some standard approaches in Western ethics
- an examination of linguistic relativity and linguistic determinism in Malagasy thought and language
My interest in Madagascar and its people, culture and language goes back to my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer there from 2007-2009 in the village of Ambatofinandrahana. In addition to my research on Malagasy philosophy, I am also doing research on issues in mind and language that relate to the internalism/externalism debate, the nature of concepts, and intentionality. Outside of my academic pursuits, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young children, playing and watching soccer, and keeping up with world events.
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