What was your dissertation title and topic?
Time, Tense, and Temporal Becoming: A Study of Temporal Reference and Metaphysics
What seminar stood out and influenced your thinking?
None in particular; I learned things of value from all of them.
What, if anything, about the UCLA department’s culture and approach to philosophy has influenced your intellectual approach?
Rigor and the refusal to abandon analytic philosophy.
How have your philosophical interests changed since you were at UCLA?
I became interested in History of Philosophy through teaching a History of the Philosophy of Mind course. I published a couple of papers on Descartes as a result. Also, as a visiting professor one year, I was asked to teach Ethics, a subject in which I previously had only a passing interest. I became convinced that the history of Ethics was riddled with false dichotomies and dysfunctional models and developed these views, at least to my own satisfaction, over a number of years.
If your current career is outside of academia, have you found your philosophical training useful and if so, in what way?
I’m retired, but my son (see picture) has shown a strong interest in philosophy. He was chosen to participate in a summer philosophy program at a local university and I encourage him to think like an analytic philosopher. It’s pretty remarkable to have philosophical discussions with one’s son.