I am a professor of philosophy at Oberlin College.  My research is focused on sensory processes in biological organisms. I am particularly interested in the idea that sensory states are subject to normative assessment in terms of accuracy. This interest is part of a larger preoccupation with attempts to explain behavior by reference to internal representations of the world.

As an undergraduate philosophy major at UC Davis, I concentrated on ancient philosophy with John Malcolm and Michael Wedin.  I then went to Cornell University to continue studies of the ancients with Terry Irwin and Gail Fine.  While at Cornell, I took classes from Sydney Shoemaker and developed a strong interest in perception, the focus of my research over the past decade.

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