Born and schooled in New York, I finished my undergraduate degree as a study abroad student in St Andrews, Scotland where my maternal roots lie. I returned to New York to teach fourth grade in the Bronx for a year in order to fund my MPhil in Logic and Metaphysics. After earning a DPhil from the University of York, England, I worked to build my academic career and the philosophy department at the University of Hertfordshire for over 20 years. Along with my wife and three boys, I moved to Australia in 2013, making it our new home.
Although an analytic philosopher by inclination and training, I adopt a broad and ecumenical approach to philosophical inquiry, willingly embracing justified insights from any school of thought. My recent research focuses primarily on issues in philosophy of mind, psychology and cognitive science. I am best known for promoting enactive and embodied cognition that are non-representational at root, and for my narrative practice hypothesis about folk psychology, which claims that engaging with narratives, understood as public artefacts, plays a critical role in underpinning distinctively human forms of cognition.