Professor of Philosophy
Central Michigan University
Department of Philosophy & Religion

Campus Address: Anspach 301N
Telephone: (989) 774-2652


B.A., University of Toronto (1964), M.A., University of Toronto (1967), Ph.D., York University (1975)


PHL 230 Philosophy of Religion, PHL 302 History of Philosophy: Modern Period, PHL 490 Senior Seminar

Research Interests:

Early Modern Philosophy, especially Hume, Locke, Descartes, Malebranche, Reid, and Hutcheson; Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment; History of the Mind Body Problem

Select Publications:


Hume’s 'ATreatise of Human Nature': An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Psyche and Soma: Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind Body Problem, co-edited with Paul Potter (Oxford, 2000; 2002)

Hume and Hume's Connexions, co-edited with M.A. Stewart (Edinburgh University Press and Pennsylvania State Press, 1994)

The Sceptical Realism of David Hume (Minnesota, 1983)


"Hume's Realism," in The Oxford Handbook of David Hume, ed. Paul Russell (Oxford University Press).

"The Understanding," in The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy, ed. James Harris (Oxford University Press).

"Scepticism, Causal Science, and 'The Old Hume', Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10.2 (2012), pp. 123-42.

"Hume on the Origin on 'modern Honour' ", in Religion and Philosophy in Enlightenment Britain, ed. Ruth Savage (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

"Ideas of Habit and Custom in Early Modern Philosophy," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 42, no. 1 (January 2011), pp. 18-32.

"Association of Ideas." in Paul Schuuman et al. eds., Continuum Companion to "Locke and his Times" (London: Continuum Press, 2010)

​​Book Review: 

Review of Galen Strawson’s The Evident Connexion: Hume on Personal Identity, History, Journal of the History Association (October 2012​)