I think I didn’t even know Philosophy existed until Zane Pautz, a philosopher from the now-defunct Milton College, came to visit my high school Humanities class. He described Philosophy’s five basic areas (according to Aristotle) — Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Aesthetics — and raised questions in each category, and I was hooked. Ever since then I have had a hard time understanding how anyone can be interested in anything else.
I studied Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I received both my BA and my MA. The faculty there were great — still are — but I feel like a big part of my education came from having long arguments and discussions with my friends. We pushed each other hard to be honest and clear, which is just what philosophical friends ought to do.
I went on to get my Ph.D at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying under Edwin Curley, a great Spinoza scholar. Not surprisingly, a lot of my published work has been on Spinoza, though recently I have been branching out toward other subject areas (like epistemology and Nietzsche). I came to Utah State University right after getting my Ph. D in 1994, and I love living in a quiet town between two splendid mountain ranges. I also like cycling, both road and mountain, and spend a lot of time playing with my children.
Here are some recent papers:
Nietzsche and the Perspective of Life
(a good introduction to Nietzsche, I think)
(My view of what philosophy is)