I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and got a degree at the University of Otago (BA Hons, 2013) before beginning the PhD at Princeton in 2014. My main interests are in ancient philosophy and Indo-European studies.
Within the former, I focus on metaphysics and cosmology, in the Presocratics, the Hippocratic corpus, Plato, and Aristotle. I’m especially interested in theories of fundamental physics—that is, attempts to explain the features of the world around us by appeal to basic entities like elements, qualities, and powers.
My Indo-European interests also run in this direction: many I-E texts appear to presuppose a common cosmological system. Some distinct, well-defined features of this system clearly predate the divergence of Proto-Greek and Proto-Indic, and you can make out hazier outlines in even farther reaches of the language family. My current project is figuring out how much this prehistoric cosmology contributed to Presocratic thought, and consequently whether early Greek secular speculation about nature really constitutes a break with tradition