All of us desire to know, but philosophers have a passion to know. As far back as I can recall, I experienced a need to question, and that ultimately led me to the discipline of philosophy. More specifically, it was great thinkers and engaging teachers such as Hans-Georg Gadamer and William J. Richardson who inspired me to my life-long study of existentialism, aesthetics, phenomenology and hermeneutics, and particularly the thought of Martin Heidegger.
There is not — and never shall be — a teaching technology that can replace the transformative face-to-face encounter of human beings together in the pursuit of understanding. That's why the classroom has always been so special to me and why teaching has been so rewarding and satisfying over the years. The classroom is a place where a special kind of 'friendship' is forged.
- B.A., Hofstra University
- M.A. and Ph.D, Boston College
- New book, Heidegger's Way of Being, University of Toronto Press, 2014
- Named as one of the nation's top 300 Professors by The Princeton Review.
- Invited to lecture at the University of Siegen, Germany, Fall 2013.
- Led a text seminar on Heidegger at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Italy, June 2013.
- Spoke in the Fall lecture series at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (2011).
- Published Engaging Heidegger, University of Toronto Press, 2010.
- Founder and director of the College's Honors Program (1992-2002).
- Received the Stonehill Teaching Excellence Award (2000).