I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. My most recent book is Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms. The book is largely about artifacts and I am now thinking more about making and creation, and about social ontology and the philosophy of literature. Before this current phase of research, I worked in epistemology. My previous book is Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood, which dealt with the ways in which what it is to be a person has specifically epistemological consequences.

My current book-in-progress, A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!, is a radical, cross-genre work that combines philosophy (especially metaphysics and philosophy of language), psychoanalysis, and literary theory with self-writing. You can read an overview of it here. I also have a blog about it, The Parergon, which, as its name suggests, is itself a parergon to the book.

On this site, you can find my CV, information about publications (with links to the full text of papers), some musical compositions from an earlier phase of my existence, extensive material on how Couperin’s piece “Les Barricades Mystérieuses” (The Mysterious Barricades) has been used by other creative artists, some translations of songs by the Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio de André, and a translation of the philosophically interesting sonnet “S’i fosse foco” by Cecco Angiolieri.

And you can check out here my latest meme video, based on the Distracted Boyfriend meme, this one with music by me as well. (There are two more meme videos connected with the Batman Meme Project which you can view on the page devoted to that work.)

The Parergon: The Batman Meme Project Blog

It’s so hard, Batman!

Lately, several people have indicated to me that they would like to read my forthcoming book, A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!, but they are worried it will be too difficult to understand. With its publication imminent, it feels like a good time to address this concern. Some theorists have held …

The author’s preface

In keeping with its deliberate confusion around its own boundaries, my book A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga! will have not one, but two prefaces. One is by the volume’s editor, notionally distinct from the artists who made the memes, an editor who can speak without any duplicity or sense of …