A bit about my teaching
I aim to foster a classroom environment wherein students are active participants in rigorous, critical, but mutually supportive dialogues about topics of philosophical interest. By framing my courses in terms of the cultivation of dialogical virtues, I encourage students to see education as more than a means to a promising financial future - instead it is a way to become a more thoughtful interlocutor, a better reasoner, and a more intentional learner.
What I'm Teaching this Semester (Winter 2024)
Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to philosophy through classical and contemporary readings on
perception, metaphysical problems of personal identity, and the relation between happiness and the good life. Over
the course of this semester we explore not what one ought to think, but how to think about fundamental problems in
all of these areas.
Introduction to Philosophy
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An introduction to philosophy through classical and contemporary readings in philosophy concerning justice, autonomy and the relation between happiness and the good life. Over the course of this semester we explore not what one ought to think, but how to think about fundamental problems in these areas and how to use our reasoned conclusions in service of the ultimate aim of living well.
Teaching Seminar and Practicum
In this course, we will consider the aims, scope, and purpose of a philosophical education in order to provide a theoretical grounding for our engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning within philosophy. The course will provide students with the tools necessary to become an effective learner-centered philosophy instructor, as well as practical experiences with curriculum design, learning assessment, and classroom instruction.
Tuesday: 9:30a-12:00p (Zoom)
Wednesday 9:30a-12:00p (Office)
& by appointment
I wrote this little primer on logic and argument evaluation. If you're looking for a quick overview of the (very) basics of philosophical logic and argument evaluation, then this is for you.
The Lyceum Programs
I believe that a philosophical is too important to wait until, and reserved for those who have the means to attend, college. With the hope of helping to expand access to philosophy I co-founded the Iowa and Utah Lyceum Programs. The Lyceum is a non-residential philosophy summer-camp for middle and high school students. Always free of charge to participants, the Lyceum provides students with philosophical texts, lunch, and instruction in philosophy, logic, and more.
The Lyceums' success has led to other similar programs being created all of the United States including: