Dennis Plaisted received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.  He teaches courses in applied ethics, logic and philosophy of religion.  His current research focuses primarily on issues in analytic theology, a field in which concepts of philosophy are deployed to analyze religious doctrines.  He is presently trying to finish a book that employs the applied ethics notion of appropriation of evil to understand the purity rules of Leviticus.  He has also published articles in applied ethics and the philosophy of Leibniz, and is the author of Leibniz on Purely Extrinsic Denominations (University of Rochester Press, 2002).  On the home front, Dennis is blessed with a wonderful wife, Shabnam, and three beautiful children, Daniel, Luke and Hannah.