While my research interests lay primarily in areas connected with philosophy as it relates most specifically to issues of economic development (specifically Latin America), I have worked on and presented papers on a wide range of topics from Roberto Mangabeira Unger's social theory to a critical analysis of the UNDP's Human Development Report. My paper titled “Economic (Human) Development: Participating in an Interdisciplinary Endeavor,” asks philosophers to recognize that just as economists “cannot slay the dragon of backwardness” by themselves, philosophers too must recognize that they have to enter into dialogue with economists, sociologists, political theorists and others. Philosophers too, have to understand that economic research, theory and empirical data can force moral theorists to reflect more fully upon their views. My paper titled “Che Geuvara’s New Man: Embodying a Communitarian attitude” provides readers with a philosophical approach for understanding one of the most influential revolutionaries of the 20th century. My two papers on Borges, co-authored with Jorge R. Sagastume Assistant Professor of Spanish at Dickinson College (“Desmantelamiento y reconstrucción: Borges, “Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote” y la traducción” and “Trabajando solos o en compañía: Borges y la necesidad de la colaboración entre las disciplinas”) have taught me to work closely with a colleague outside my discipline enabling each one of us to grow as scholars and persons. I believe our work together embodies interdisciplinary research forcing each one of us to recognize the strengths and limitations of our specialized training.
I received my B.A. in religion from Florida State University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Florida. I came to Wittenberg in 2001.
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