My work lies primarily in research, writing, consulting, and advocacy for open access to scientific and scholarly research literature. Until May 2003 I was a full-time professor of philosophy at Earlham College, where I had taught since 1982. I also taught computer science and law. Although I have left full-time teaching, I am still a research professor at Earlham and still work full-time in the academic universe.
My philosophical interests (formerly, my teaching interests) lie chiefly in the history of modern European philosophy, science, and literature, roughly from Montaigne to Nietzsche; Kant, Hegel, and the German romantic generation of philosophers and writers; the history of western skepticism from Sextus Empiricus to the 20th century; epistemological and ethical issues related to skepticism, such as fictionalism, ideology, self-deception, and the ethics of belief; the logical, epistemological, ethical, and legal problems of self-reference; the meta theory of first-order logic; the ethics of liberty, paternalism, consent, and coercion; criminal law and tort law; the law and ethics of responsibility and excuse; and the philosophy of law.
For more information, see my vita and publications.
My last book is The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions (Routledge, 1998, reprinted with corrections 2002). See the Preface and Introduction or my page of information. If you buy the book from Amazon.com through these links (paperback or hardback), then I will donate the Amazon referral fee to the Caroline Robinson Beasley Fund to help Earlham students buy textbooks.
The Database Paradox: Unlimited Information and the False Blessing of 'Objectivity'