A few years into a PhD specializing in Ancient Greek philosophy I became convinced of the truth of Berkeleian idealism. This means I became persuaded that there is no material world, or to put it another way, I became convinced that the philosophical concept of matter is the wrong way to understand the real world of books, trees and animals. Since writing my dissertation on Berkeley I've spent a number of years thinking about, researching and teaching Berkelely's thought. I still find it fresh and exciting. The main focus of my research is to find ways to show how Berkeleianism is coherent, relevant and interesting today.
Over the last few years I've been trying to show how Berkeleianism addresses various problems in philosophy, for example in ethics, the metaphysics of composition and the philosophy of religion. I guess the long term project is to work through the problems of philosophy where I think Berkeley has interesting things to say, and to present those interesting things in a way that is engaged with contemporary philosophy.
I'm a historian of 18th century thought, and I love many things about that subtle and eloquent period. I'm quite interested in other early modern philosophers, especially Leibniz, Locke and Hume. And I never lost my interests in ancient philosophy, especially Plato and the Platonic tradition, the Sophists and the Epicureans.