About CH

Here is my CV

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, Kant, and Nietzsche). I came to Utah State University right after getting my Ph. D in 1994, and I am happy living in a small town between two splendid mountain ranges.

Here are some recent papers:

Nietzsche and the Perspective of Life

Nietzsche’s task
(a good introduction to Nietzsche, I think)

Nietzsche book overture


Spinoza and occasionalism

Spinoza’s Theological Project

Does Spinoza think I am real?


Should I present this paper at BYU?

Breaking the wrong spell: how Daniel Dennett misses the problem with religion

The good in knowing something for yourself

Socratic reproach
(My view of what philosophy is)

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  1. [...] The same for Spinoza, all over the place. I think he did feel a similar reverence for his One Substance – his excitement over it in part 5 of the Ethics is obvious (as he writes, the mind’s intellectual love of God is an eternal love which cannot be taken away, the mind’s highest joy, and what the scriptures call “glory”). I think he also thought God’s essence needs to be factored into any adequate physics (see my paper, “Spinoza’s Theological Project,” on this page). [...]

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