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 project, 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 about it here and on the blog that is itself a parergon to the book.

On these pages, you can find my CV, information about publications (usually with a link to 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.

The Parergon: The Batman Meme Project Blog

The “anonymity of a murmur” and the so-called Intentional Fallacy

In “What is an Author?” Michel Foucault says that as our society changes… the author function will disappear, and in such a manner that fiction and its polysemous texts will once again function according to another mode… All discourses… would then develop in the anonymity of a murmur. I quoted this striking passage in my …

Shmidentity politics

What kind of relation is like identity but holds between a thing and itself (rather than between necessarily co-referring names, for example) by stipulation? Why, shmidentity, of course! The term “shmidentity” (actually “schmidentity,” but see infra on the spelling) was introduced by Saul Kripke in Naming and Necessity and, following his example, the “sh-“ or …