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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5625 Humanities and Philosophy LAN 205C , Box 166

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Philosophy, The Ohio State University, 2002.

M.A., Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1993.

B.A., Philosophy and English, University of Toronto, 1992.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities


A Defense of Simulated Experience: New Noble Lies, Routledge (January 2019)

Philosophy through Video Games (with Jon Cogburn), Routledge (December, 2008)

Edited Anthologies

Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds, Rowman and Littlefield International (July, 2017)

Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom (with Jon Cogburn), Open Court (September, 2012)

Some Recent Publications

“Distributive Justice and Gameplay” in Philosophia (June, 2023)

“Psychohistory’s Noble Lie” in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation and Philosophy: Psychohistory and its Discontents, Eds. Joshua Heter and Josef Thomas Simpson, Carus Books (June, 2023)

“Historicism, Science Fiction, and the Singularity,” in Minding the Future: Contemporary Issues in Artificial Intelligence, Eds. Barry Dainton, Will Slocombe, and Attila Tanyi, Springer (September, 2021)

“Stone Soup: Distributional Goods and Principles of Justice,” in Social Theory and Practice (October, 2020)

Classes Taught

  • PHIL 1073: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 1113: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 3163: Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 3733: Philosophy of Language

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