I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. I moved here in Fall 2014 after finishing my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Miami.
I have three main areas of research: the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of technology, and the early 20th century phenomenological movement.
In the philosophy of mind my focus is the philosophy of perception. I am particularly interested in cases of misperceiving. I accept a naive realist view of perceptual experience and think that all cases of misperception can be accommodated by naive realism without an appeal to disjunctivism. I have defended some part of my view in my dissertation and in a published article. I also have another paper that currently being reviewed, as well as a still incomplete monograph that tackles this issue in more detail.
Growing up as part of the generation that saw the introduction of home computers and the internet I spent a lot of time tinkering in the virtual world. Many technological developments interest me but I am particularly interested in virtual reality (VR). VR intersects with my work on perception in interesting ways and I think that the technology will have a large impact on the way humans live and conceive of their reality in the near future. My approach has been hands-on. I currently own three headsets, have a working knowledge of Unity, and I’ve created a few VR experiences.
I’m mainly trained in the analytic tradition but throughout my graduate studies I had various enlightening encounters with the phenomenological movement. Though many of its figures interest me I have a particular interest in Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas remains largely outside the analytic tradition, understandably given his writing style, but I find his work to contain meaningful insights that are worth dwelling on. I have unfinished writing on both Levinas and Sartre, but these remain at an early stage.
I have a lot of side interests in philosophy. My work on perception has involved me in debates about the nature of pictures, picture perception, and the perception of other minds. My work on misperception has made me interested in dreams, delusions, and psychoanalysis. I am also a big fan of the visual arts. I particularly enjoy the philosophical analysis of movies and regularly teach a course on philosophy in literature and film.
When I’m not doing philosophy, I’m either engaged in activism, art, or technology. For more, see the relevant pages on this website.