Hi, I'm Zach.
I received my PhD in Philosophy from UT Austin in August 2021 under the supervision of Michael Tye. Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Austin Community College. I teach philosophy courses to empower students to question the world around them by improving their abilities to identify, evaluate, and construct arguments.
My research focuses on the place of mind and morality in the physical world. I use the neo-Aristotelian notion of metaphysical ground to develop a formulation of physicalism – the metaphysical thesis that there is nothing "over and above" the physical aspects of our world – that avoids certain well-known problems. I also explore parallels between big questions in the philosophy of mind and metaethics in order to clarify both so that we can make progress toward solving them.
Prior to starting my PhD at UT Austin, I spent most of my time working on film productions in NYC. You can learn more about that by clicking here.
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