Οὐκοῦν εἰ μηδὲν ἔχει μέρος, οὔτ’ ἂν ἀρχὴν οὔτε τελευτὴν οὔτε μέσον ἔχοι.
—Plato

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

PhD in Philosophy, 2014–2018 [Scheduled]
Munich School of Ancient Philosophy
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany)
Supervisor: Prof. Peter Adamson — Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Jan Opsomer
Dissertation: 'The First Principle in Late Neoplatonism: A Study of the One's Causality from Proclus to Damascius'
Submitted Oct. 18, 2017. Defense scheduled Feb. 26, 2018; expected graduation, Mar. 2018.

MSc by Research in Philosophy, 2013–2014
University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Supervisor: Dr. Inna Kupreeva
Dissertation: Proclus and Plotinus on Self-Constitution in the One

MSc in Ancient Philosophy, 2012–2013
University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Supervisor: Dr. Inna Kupreeva
Dissertation: Plotinus and Aristotle on the Simplicity of the Divine Intellect

BA in Philosophy/Theology, 2006–2010
Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA, United States)

Areas of Specialization

Ancient philosophy, especially ancient metaphysics and late antique Greek philosophy; medieval philosophy.

Areas of Research Competence/Interest

Contemporary metaphysics; philosophical theology; patristics; philosophy of mind; ethics, especially ancient theories.

Publications

'Proclus' Doctrine of Participation in Maximus the Confessor's Centuries of Theology I.48–50', Studia Patristica vol. LXXV (2017): 137–48.

Publications in Process

Book chapter: ‘Proclus’ Elements of Theology in Maximus the Confessor’.
Planned submission by May 2018.

Journal article: ‘Reconciling the Henads and the Limit/Unlimited as Causal Models in Proclus’: development from Chapter 4.5 in the PhD dissertation.
Planned submission in mid-2018.

Journal article: ‘The Nature of Sensible Substance from Plotinus to Proclus’.
Planned submission by mid-2018.

Journal article: ‘The Metaphysics of Self-Constitution in Proclus’.
Planned submission in late-2018.

Monograph: Revision of the PhD dissertation, The First Principle’s Causality in Late Neoplatonism.
Planned submission tentatively early 2019.

Teaching Experience

Summer Semester 2018 (Apr.–Jul.)
'Ancient Philosophical Theology' (LMU Munich, BA Seminar)
Survey course on views about God/gods and divine causality from the Presocratics to Plato, Aristotle, late Hellenistc philosophers (i.e. Epicureans, Stoics), and late antique philosophers (Aristotelian commentators and Neoplatonists).

Winter Semester 2017–18 (Oct.–Feb.) — Co-Instructor with Máté Herner
'Mind and Soul in Platonism' (LMU Munich, BA Seminar)
Survey course on the nature of soul, soul’s relation to body, and the relation of soul and mind in the Platonic tradition—from Plato to Aristotle and Plotinus.

Presentations

December 2017: On the elements in Plato’s Timaeus 52d–57d — research group presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

November 2017: Participation and Sensible Substance in Plotinus and Proclus — colloquium presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

July 2017: Sextus Empiricus' Outlines of Skepticism III.4–5 (On Causes) — research group presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

June 2017: 'The participated/unparticipated distinction in Plotinus and Proclus' — International Society for Neoplatonic Studies 2014 (Palacký University Olomouc, CZ).

May 2017: 'On the circle–radii–center analogy to divine causality in Plotinus, Proclus, and Damascius, and its legacy' — colloquium presentation (Latin Philology, LMU Munich).

April 2017: 'Proclus and Damascius on the One's causality' — Northern Association for Ancient Philosophy 2017 (University of Edinburgh).

March 2017: 'Damascius on the One's causality as 'All Things' (ta panta)' — colloquium presentation (KU Leuven).

January 2017: 'Damascius on the One's causality as 'All Things' (ta panta)' — colloquium presentation (University of Bonn).

January 2017: 'Damascius on the One's causality: A critical re-assessment of Proclus, and an implicit turn back to Plotinus' — colloquium presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

December 2016: Plato's Phaedo 72e–77a — research group presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

December 2016: 'Damascius on causality and the Ineffable in De Principiis I' — colloquium presentation (University of Cologne).

June 2016: 'Proclus on the One's mediated causality: Two problems' — colloquium presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

May 2016: Plotinus' Ennead III.7.3 ('On Eternity and Time') — research group presentation (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy—LMU Munich).

Feburary 2016: 'Damascius on causality: The reception and transformation of Proclus' framework' — Workshop in Ancient Philosophy (HU Berlin – LMU Munich).

August 2015: 'A Study of Proclus' doctrine of participation in Maximus the Confessor's Centuries of Theology and Economy I.48–50' — XVII. International Conference on Patristics Studies (University of Oxford).

May 2015: 'Two-sided choice and the wise man in De Fato 29 (199.25–200.12)' — colloquium presentation (LMU Munich).

January 2015: Plotinus' Ennead VI.8.21, Munich School of Ancient Philosophy — research group presentation (LMU Munich).

November 2014: Plotinus' Ennead VI.8.15, Munich School of Ancient Philosophy — research group presentation (LMU Munich).

July 2014: 'The relation of hypostasis and authupostaton in Proclus' — Arxai conference (Istanbul).

June 2014: 'Plotinus and Aristotle on simplicity in divine self-thinking thought' — International Society for Neoplatonic Studies 2014 (University of Lisbon).

June 2014: 'The relation of hypostasis and authupostaton in Proclus' — Ancient Philosophy Postgraduate Conference (University of Edinburgh).

November 2013: 'Plotinus' implied commentary on Plato's Parmenides' — Ancient Philosophy Postgraduate Conference (University of Edinburgh).

July 2013: 'Simple or Not So Simple? On the Unity of the Divine Intellect's Self-Thinking for Aristotle and Plotinus' — colloquium presentation (University of Edinburgh).

Conferences Organized

October 5–6, 2017: 'Philosophy in Byzantium: The Order of Nature and Order of Humankind' (LMU Munich)
Co-organized with Peter Adamson and Dimitrios Vasilakis.

June 14, 2017: Conference panel for ISNS 2017, 'Form and Participation in Graeco-Arabic Neoplatonism' (Olomouc)
Co-organized with Bethany Somma.

Awards and Grants

2014–2017: Awarded fellowship grant for doctoral studies under the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy (LMU Munich).

2014: Awarded 'Highly Commended Dissertation Award' by the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (University of Edinburgh) for the MSc by Research degree.

2013: Awarded distinction for the MSc in Ancient Philosophy degree.

Participation in Reading Groups and Colloquia

Apr. 2017–Jul. 2017: Sextus Empiricus' Outlines of Skepticism — lead: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich)

Oct. 2016–Feb. 2017: Plato's Phaedo, and commentaries on the Phaedo by Damascius and Olympiodorus — lead: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich)

Oct. 2016–Feb. 2017: Aristotle's Metaphysics Θ — lead: Christof Rapp and Oliver Primavesi (LMU Munich)

Apr.–July 2016: Plotinus' Ennead III.7, 'On Eternity and Time' — lead: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich)

Apr.–July 2016: Aristotle's Metaphysics Ζ–Η — lead: Christof Rapp and Oliver Primavesi, with follow-up sessions by Christian Pfeiffer (LMU Munich)

July 2016: Symposium on Aristotle's Peri Ideon (LMU Munich)

Oct. 2015–Feb. 2016: Proclus' Elements of Theology, Prop's. 1–55 — lead: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich)

Oct. 2015–Feb. 2016: Aristotle's Metaphysics Ζ — lead: Christof Rapp and Oliver Primavesi, with follow-up sessions by Christian Pfeiffer (LMU Munich)

Apr.–July 2015: Boethius' De Hebdomadibus — lead: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich)

Apr.–July 2015: Aristotle's Metaphysics Λ — lead: Peter Adamson, Christof Rapp, and Oliver Primavesi (LMU Munich)

Oct. 2014–Feb. 2015: Plotinus' Ennead VI.8.7–22 — lead: Peter Adamson (LMU Munich)

Oct. 2014–Feb. 2015: Theophrastus' On First Principles — lead: Peter Adamson, Christof Rapp, and Oliver Primavesi (LMU Munich)

Jan.–May 2014: Survey of theories of intellect in Aristotle and the Aristotelian commentary tradition — lead: Inna Kupreeva (University of Edinburgh)

Sept. 2012–May 2014: Plato's Philebus — lead: Inna Kupreeva (University of Edinburgh)

Sept.–Dec. 2013: Survey of Plato's metaphysics in the middle/late dialogues (Phaedo, Timaeus, Parmenides, Sophist, Philebus) — lead: Inna Kupreeva (University of Edinburgh)

Jan.–May 2013: Epicurus and Epicureanism — lead: Simon Trépanier (University of Edinburgh)

Jan.–May 2013: Alexander of Aphrodisias' De Fato and Stoics on determinism/free will — lead: Inna Kupreeva (University of Edinburgh)

Sept.–Dec. 2012: Aristotle's Metaphysics Λ — lead: Inna Kupreeva (University of Edinburgh)

Languages

Ancient Greek (reading proficiency), Latin (reading proficiency), German (intermediate speaking/reading proficiency), French (intermediate reading proficiency), Italian (basic reading proficiency).

References

Available upon request.