My name is David Frost.
I teach Philosophy at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July 2011.
My dissertation advances a version of non-reductive physicalism and defends it from the charge of type-epiphenomenalism or, "the qua problem." I examine just what kind of problem the qua problem is. Thus my thesis is titled "The Qua Problem Qua Qua Problem."
My dissertation isolates two distinct "in virtue of" questions in the mental causation debate. When you say in virtue of what something "is a cause" of something else, you might be epistemically explaining an event by describing its cause or you might be saying what makes the two events related by the causal relation. Going forward I propose to consider plausible answers to the epistemic and metaphysical "in virtue of" questions.
I am also currently researching what Nietzsche's anti-realist theory of causation borrows from Hume. And I am writing about plausible Humean solutions to the problem of mental causation.
What's the deal with the banner image above, you ask?
It's called the Flammarion Engraving: Wikipedia.
It's a Modern representation of Medieval and Early Modern metaphysics.