Teaching

I’ve had the pleasure to teach students at several different institutions over the years: Southern Methodist University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Georgetown University, and Washington and Lee University. As a result, I’ve also taught many different courses, covering various parts of philosophy that I’m interested in.

Since many students have come to me seeking just one thing—general education credits—on their way to earning a degree in a field that they believe is practical (i.e. one that they believe will “get them a job”), I have dedicated my efforts to cultivating in my students a sense that taking time to reflect is an important part of being a person, that addressing “big questions” can be rewarding for its own sake, and that this reflection genuinely has important, practical consequences precisely because it provides a skill set that can be used in so many different contexts. While some students leave my classes with a desire to pursue philosophy further as majors, minors, or in elective courses, virtually all of them leave having learned a great deal about philosophy, how to learn on their own, and how to think critically about matters both strange and familiar. Some students recognize the value of what they’ve learned immediately, while others come to appreciate this fact later; it is fairly common (and more than a little bit rewarding) for students to stop me on campus to let me know that my course gave them an advantage in some other, non-philosophy course. And, of course, some students are not satisfied customers. C’est la guerre.

I have included, below, a summary of the courses that I’ve taught over the years, and I will be publishing annotated syllabi for some of the more interesting courses on my blog. If you are interested in a course that I’ve not posted a syllabus for, feel free to contact me.

Undergraduate Courses

  1. Introductions to Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic
  2. Applied Ethics (Biomedical, Business, and Environmental)
  3. Philosophy and Film
  4. Moral Dimensions of Power
  5. Queer Theory
  6. Minds and Machines
  7. American Philosophy
  8. Social Philosophy
  9. History of Modern Philosophy
  10. Philosophy and Liberal Democracy
  11. Antifoundationalism: Theory and Applications
  12. Technologies of the Self

Graduate Seminars

  1. Gender and Philosophy
  2. Ethics, Values, and Public Policy
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