I am Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in Philosophy at the University of Hamburg. I work primarily in metaphysics and the philosophy of science, and I have further research interests in logic, the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of language. I also have teaching interests in the history of philosophy.

I received my BA summa cum laude in mathematics and philosophy from Yale University and my PhD in philosophy from New York University, where my advisor was Kit Fine. I have also held positions at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I worked with L. A. Paul on a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Published articles

According to metrics provided by PhilPeople, I am in the top 1% for citations in metaphysics in the past five years.

Being Someone Else (2020), in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change, eds. Enoch Lambert and John Schwenkler, 37-51. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (abstract)

Explanation (2020), in the Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding, ed. Mike Raven, 121–132. London: Routledge. (abstract)

Essentialist Explanation (2017), Philosophical Studies 174: 2871–2889. (abstract)

The Difference between Epistemic and Metaphysical Necessity (2017), online first at Synthese. (abstract)

Laws and the Completeness of the Fundamental (2016), in Reality Making, ed. Mark Jago, 11–37. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (abstract)

Book under contract

Essence (202x). Under contract with Cambridge University Press. Part of the "Elements" series.

Popular writing

Enterprise Blockchain Doesn’t Work Because It’s About the Real World (2021). CoinDesk.


I've published a short popular piece with CoinDesk on the metaphysics of blockchain technology. You can read it here.

I will be giving a talk entitled 'No Asymmetry from Symmetry' at the Pacific APA.


Universität Hamburg
Philosophisches Seminar
Überseering 35, Postfach #4
22297 Hamburg