I am primarily interested in early modern history. My doctoral research examines how the pedagogical ideals of humanist education manuals informed the structure of thinking and writing in early modern Europe. In particular, I am exploring the concept of 'judgment' in Renaissance theories of rhetoric and how this shaped the thought of French writers such as Jean Bodin, Étienne Pasquier, and Michel de Montaigne, among others. My hope is to show that judgment was not just a term found on the verbal surface of language, but came to constitute an entire way of thinking within a temporal and spiritual form of life.
My secondary interest is in contemporary analytic philosophy. Here, I am thinking about problems related to the interpretation of literary texts and the idea of constructing past worlds.