I am Research Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, and my areas in philosophy include aesthetics and emotion theory. I have a special interest in two senses that have been traditionally neglected by philosophy: taste and touch. I also write fiction.
Several of my philosophy publications address food, eating, and disgust. Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics concerns the appeal of disgust when it is aroused by works of art (and even on occasion by foods). Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy explores the gustatory sense and its aesthetic features. I also analyze gender and its influence on philosophical ideas in the book Gender and Aesthetics.
My most recent philosophy book, Things: In Touch with the Past, concerns "genuine" or "real" things, and the ways that certain artifacts can deliver encounters with times gone by. I argue that the sense of touch and proximity to old objects lies behind such experiences.
My first novel, Charlotte's Story, was published in 2021 by TouchPoint Press. The second, Little Follies: A Mystery at the Millennium, will be released in January, 2023 by Black Rose Writing. Links to reviews, blog posts, and podcasts can be found under the tabs for both Philosophy and Fiction.
Selected Philosophy Books