Hello and welcome!
I was born and raised in Sankt Veit/Glan, a small city in Austria’s southern province of Carinthia that borders Italy and Slovenia.
For my undergraduate studies I attended the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, the capital of Austria’s province of Styria. I graduated with the Master of Arts degree with a major in philosophy and a minor in German philology.
In 1997 I enrolled in the philosophy program of the State University of New York at Albany to pursue my graduate studies. Subsequently, I received the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from SUNY at Albany.
My primary areas of interest are theories of truth and related questions, as they arise in the Philosophy of Language, in the Philosophy of Logic, and in Metaphysics. I also have interests in Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Western Religion, and the History of Modern and 20th Century Analytic Philosophy.
I have published articles on correspondence and minimal theories of truth, on liar-like paradoxes related to metalanguage features, on grounding, on a rebuttal of Kripke’s argument for mind/body-dualism, on a modal version of the ontological argument for the existence of the Judeo-Muslim-Christian God, on skeptical theism, and on the idea of intentionality conceived as partial identity. Currently, I am working on a paper that summarizes my views on Paul Horwich’s minimal theories of truth and of the meaning of the predicate “true”.
Before coming to UNLV in 2017, I held visiting faculty positions at Bennington College (VT), at Siena College in Loudonville (NY), followed by a full-time Lecturer position at Washburn University in Topeka (KS). Here are the courses I taught so far:
• Advanced Logic
• Critical Thinking and Reasoning
• History of Ancient Western Philosophy
• History of Modern Western Philosophy
• Introduction to Philosophy
• Introduction to Symbolic Logic
• Philosophy of Language
• Philosophy of Mind
• Philosophy of Western Religion
• Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy
• World Views and Moral Values
I am pleased to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of The Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference – which is perhaps best thought of as an “un-conference” (to quote our esteemed, retired member Harold Rood). Well, you check it out and judge!
Outside of academia, I love to spend some time with my cat – a true Kansan mountain lion aka “Monka”, “Mankale”, “Manikin”, or “Little Man”. Otherwise, I am mainly concerned with maintaining my moped which provides the daily commute to school and the casinos:)