Welcome to my personal website. Here you’ll find information about me, my work, and my interests.
I am a tenure-track 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 I primarily focus on perception. I accept a version of naive realism, and as a result much of my work has focused on cases of misperception, which are in tension with the view. I defend an idiosyncratic view of hallucinations. Rather than adopt disjunctivism, I argue that hallucinations are a type of perception. I defend this ‘hallucinatory perception’ view in my dissertation, published and forthcoming work, and a still incomplete monograph that tackles the problem of perception in more detail.
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 digital and virtual technologies. Recently my work has focused on virtual reality (VR), which intersects with my work on perception in interesting ways. Because I think that VR and more generally, extended reality (XR) technology will have a large impact on the way humans live and conceive of their reality in the near future, I also focus on virtual ethics, ethics in the virtual world. My approach has been hands-on. I own a number of headsets and have working knowledge of softwares like Simmetri, Unity, and Dreams. More recently I have started to experiment with WebXR. But my favorite software is Dreams. Though in its early stages, I have high hopes for it as a next-generation digital design platform. You can see some of the VR experiences I’ve created with it elsewhere on this site.
Though I’m mainly trained in the analytic tradition, in my graduate studies I had various enlightening encounters with the phenomenological movement. Many of its figures interest me, but I have a particular interest in Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas remains largely unknown in the analytic tradition, understandably given his writing style, but I find his work to contain meaningful insights that are worth dwelling on. I have two papers in progress on his work, and hope to write a book on his ideas one day.
I have a lot of other interests in philosophy, with various writings that are not yet ready for publication. My work on perception has led me to 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. And I am a big fan of using philosophy to analyze art, regularly teaching a course on philosophy in literature and film.
When I’m not doing philosophy, I’m engaged with technology, art, or activism. Until recently I was part of Beirut Madinati, a political activist group in Beirut that prioritizes environmentally sustainable development, equality for women and other marginalized groups, religious coexistence, political transparency and accountability, and a policy of non-involvement in regional conflicts. More recently I’ve been working on designing virtual reality experiences, and learning Karate and Ballroom dancing. For more, check out the different pages on my website.