Things I'm involved with:

University of Montevallo

Eclipse Coffee & Books

The Life Raft Debate

James Wylie Shepherd Observatory

Bad Science Writing Will Destroy the World (a blog)

Can Bad Men Make Good Brains Do Bad Things?




Like every personal web page, this is just my place to be self-indulgent and to brag. But if you're here, I guess you wanted to find something out about me, so here it is.

I've been teaching philosophy full-time since 1990, and here in Alabama since 1996. I can't think of anything I'd rather do, and there is nothing else I am fit for. Luckily, the job gives me time to pursue some related and unrelated interests:

My wife, Cheryl, and I own and operate a coffeeshop/ bookstore/ restaurant/bar called Eclipse Coffee & Books in town. Cheryl is the mastermind behind it all, but I pitch in where I can.

My colleague Dr. Michael Sterner and I are co-founders and co-directors of the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory at the University of Montevallo, the best public observatory in the state and in the south.

I initiated and run the Annual Life Raft Debate, which has run for more than 15 years, at the University of Montevallo, an event that has been featured on public radio's This American Life and which is the subject of a forthcoming book to be published by Simon and Schuster.

I recently published The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy (Hill and Wang, 2015) with the great artist Kevin Cannon. It is available here at Amazon.

I also have published several satirical (and trenchant) articles about philosophy, the most well-known of which is Can Bad Men Make Good Brains Do Bad Things?, available here and at literally dozens of other websites.


That's about it. If you want to delve deeper into the wonderful world of me, click on the links in the left-hand column. If you want to get in touch, email me at