John was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He did his undergraduate work in philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago.
Currently, his main areas of interest are: the philosophy of language, metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of biology. Most recently, much of his attention has turned towards the semantics and metaphysics of biological kinds, whether or not they have essential properties, and if there are metaphysical truths that can be empirically discovered. He is also interested in whether there are different species of necessity, the nature of causation, natural propeties, and explanation.
And though John loves philosophy, he would like to have more time to enjoy some of his hobbies, such as: playing and watching basketball, reading history (especially labor history), existentialist and satirist literature, lifting weights, playing games (notably, video games, sudoku, and chess) and cooking. Growing up in the Rustbelt, he naturally took to punk rock and hardcore, and he loves searching out early recordings of American folk music.