Selected Articles

  1. [Invited.] “Skepticism in Hume’s Politics and Histories,” Araucaria: Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofía Política y Humanidades, 20.40 (2018): 371–401. A special issue edited by Gerardo Lopez Sastre.</
  1. “‘You Don’t Know Who You Are’: Imagining the Self in the Films of Christopher Nolan,” in The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan, edited by George Dunn and Jason Eberl (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2017), 167-78.
  1. “The Many Voices of Interdisciplinarity,” preface to the special article collection in Cogent Arts & Humanities 3: 1164949 (April 2016).
  1. “Natural Doubts and the Recovery of the Ordinary in Hume and Cavell” in Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies 3 (2015) in press.
  1. [Invited.] “Scepticism and Naturalism in Hume,” in Stanley Cavell and Skepticism, a special issue of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 4 (2014): 1-26. edited by Duncan Pritchard and Diego Machuca  for the series, Brill Studies in Skepticism (Leiden: Brill)
  1. [Invited.] “Habit, Custom, History, and Hume’s Critical Philosophy” [invited] in A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu, edited by Tom Sparrow and Adam Hutcheson (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books), 133-51; ISBN 978-0-7391-8199-7. Also published in Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Volume 7, David Hume on His 300th Birthday, edited by Stanley Tweyman (Ann Arbor, MI: Caravan Books, 2013).
  1. “American Despair in an Age of Hope,” in Salmagundi Magazine 176 (Fall 2012): 99-126. Commentary by Stewart Justman (University of Montana), “Abusing the Dead,” 127-37; with my reply, 138-43. Pushcart Prize Finalist 2014.
  1. “Skepticism and Naturalism in Hume,” in Skepticism and Knowledge, volume 5 of Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, edited by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O’Rourke, and Harry S. Silverstein (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010) 301-32 (Chapter 5). ISBN 978-0-262-51396-8. A revised version published as “Skepticism and the Possibility of Nature” in Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy, edited by Diego R. Machuca (New York: Springer, 2011), 145-70 (Chapter 8). ISBN 978-94-007-1990-3.

  1. “Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt,” in Lost and Philosophy, edited by Sharon Kaye (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2007), 159-76 (Chapter 14); ISBN 978-1-4051-6315-6. [Second edition forthcoming]

  1. “Righteous Blasphemy,” The Philosophers’ Magazine 35 (Third Quarter 2006): 70-77, with readers’ responses and author’s replies.  Published online by TPM, as well; re-published on biologist and evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins’s web site (, article 100; lampooned in a cartoon appearing at; discussed on various web sites across Europe, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, Romania., and Scandanavia.

  1. “Cracks in the Cement of the Universe: Hume, Science, and Skepticism.” In Imagining Science: Expressions of New Knowledge in the “Long” Eighteenth Century, edited by Kevin L. Cope and Robert C. Leitz (New York: AMS Press, 2004), 257-90. [Part of a Festschrift collected in honor of the opening of the James Smith Noel Collection of 18th-century documents and artifacts.] ISBN 0-404-63543-1.

  1. “David Hume,” in British Philosophers, 1500-1899, co-edited with Philip B. Dematteis, volume 252 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc., 2002), 195-223

  1. “Teaching Early Modern Women Philosophers,” in Crossing Boundaries: Attending to Early Modern Women, edited by Jane Donawerth & Adele Seef (Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 2010; Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000), 282-83. ISBN 978-0874-13745-3.

  1. Interview with Alvin Plantinga on the topic of philosophy and religion. The Philosophers’ Magazine 10 (Spring 2000): 48-50.

  1. “Animality and Common Life in Hume,” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 4 (1999): 93-120.

  1. “Hume, Skepticism, and Early American Deism,” Hume Studies 25.1&2 (April/November 1999): 171-192.

  1. Interview with Richard Rorty on the topic of realism. The Philosophers’ Magazine 8 (Autumn 1999): 40-42.

  1. “The Bibliographic Bases of Hume’s Understanding of Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonism,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 16.2 (April 1998): 93-109. Abstract published in The Review of Metaphysics 52.1 no. 205 (September 1998): 204.

  1. “The Moral Imperative to Rebel against God,” The Philosophers’ Magazine 2 (Spring 1998): 18-24. Responses to readers’ letters appear in Issue 3 (Summer 1998), 20-24, and online. An electronic version was published at The article has also been published in Cogito 11.3 (December 1997): 141-50. The essay has been translated and published in Philosophy in Action, edited and translated by Pedro Galvco (Lisbon, Portugal: Gradiva Publishers, 2000).

  1. [Invited.] “Stanley Cavell: A Bibliography 1951-1995,” in The Cavell Reader, edited by Stephen Mulhall (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, Ltd., 1996), 390-414. ISBN 978-0631-19743-0. [Invited.] With Michael Payne, “Stanley Cavell: A Bibliography, 1958-1994,” in Stanley Cavell, Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, Derrida (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1995), 187-97. ISBN 978-0631-19271-8. [Invited.] “A Working Bibliography on Stanley Cavell,” in The Senses of Stanley Cavell, edited by Richard Fleming and Michel Payne, Bucknell Review 32.1 (1989): 322-34.

  1. “Doubt and Divinity: Cicero’s Influence on Hume’s Religious Skepticism,” Hume Studies 20 (April 1994): 103-20.

  1. “Empiricism, Difference, and Common Life,” Man and World [now called Continental Philosophy Review] 26 (1993): 319-28. A review essay addressing Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity: An Essay on Hume’s Theory of Human Nature, translated by Constantin V. Boundas (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991). [Invited.]