Learning philosophy is empowering. It reveals fundamental theoretical commitments behind positions we encounter and take every day: on scientific, moral, political, and other issues. It lets students build their ability to evaluate a position for themselves. And it lets them find their voice in argument. Seeing students experience philosophy as empowering is what I enjoy most about my teaching. My focus in the classroom is on showing that philosophical knowledge and skill can provide confidence and a new sense of responsibility. 

Topics I teach include modern philosophy, aesthetics, human nature, ethics, and the emotions. I greatly benefitted from my time as a Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania. For my work at Penn I received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching (please see my CV for details).

Syllabi for my most recent classes at Clark: PHIL 112 Art and Morality (Spring 2016) and PHIL 256 Kant (Fall 2016).

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