Teaching is a passion of mine. As an undergraduate, I fell in love with philosophy, and I instill this same passion for philosophy into my students. My simple, twofold goal for my students is to make philosophy interesting and clear. I simulate student interest by creating interfaces between the philosophical arguments and what students already care about, such as social, political, and pop cultural issues. I promote clarity by emphasizing simple deductive arguments in classroom discussions and assignments. As a teacher of philosophy, I continually self-assess and strive to improve my pedagogical methods.
- Permissivism and Disagreement: Australian National University, Spring 2020 (Graduate Foundations Seminar)
- Knowledge, Truth, and Belief: Ryerson University, Fall 2020 (500-level)
- Epistemology is the study of knowledge. This extends to questions about rational or justified belief, how we should respond to the opinions of other people, the nature of evidence, the rationality of faith, and what makes one’s confidence (or credence) rational. This class will have three units, covering many of these topics. (1) Traditional Epistemology: How much do we actually know? What is knowledge? What is the nature of justification? (2) Social Epistemology: When should we trust the testimony of others? How should we respond when people disagree with us? Can a body of evidence ever permit more than one rational response? When is it rational to have faith in God and others? (3) Formal Epistemology: What is a credence? Is it plausible to think we actually have credences? What makes a credence rational? How do credences relate to full beliefs?
- Critical Thinking: Ryerson University, Spring 2020 (100-level, 2 sections)
- In this course, we will discuss what underlies good reasoning, which can help us think more clearly and make better arguments. We will cover (1) Deductive Reasoning: Arguments that establish the truth of their conclusions; (2) Non-Deductive Reasoning: Arguments that raise the probability of their conclusions. (3) Obstacles to Reasoning: Confirmation bias, propaganda, disagreement, implicit bias, etc.
- Social Philosophy: Notre Dame, Fall 2017 (200-level)
- Humans are social creatures. Social phenomena, such as gender, race, sports teams, music groups, faith, testimony, charity, refugees, pornography are all around us and are a large part of how we understand the world and each other. Social philosophy is the systematic study of philosophical questions that bear on social phenomena, such as the above. While these social phenomena are a significant part of our lives and the world around us, philosophers have devoted less attention to them than to other domains that describe the world. But we cannot know what the world is like without also diving into questions about what the social world is like. The aim of this class is to help students do just that.
- Introduction to Philosophy: Notre Dame, Fall 2016 (100-level; TA for Jeff Speaks)
- Syllabus: Introduction to Philosophy
- Syllabus: Lower-level Medical Ethics
- Syllabus: Lower-level Philosophy of Religion
- Syllabus: Mid-level Philosophy of Mind
- Syllabus: Mid-level Metaphysics
Together with other philosophers, I organize the Junior Workshop in Philosophy of Religion. We hosted our second annual meeting in March 2020, after the Central APA. The program is available here.
I am also organizing a workshop on “Ethics, Risk, and Belief.” The workshop will take place on August 3-4, 2020, at Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Stay tuned for a list of speakers and schedule. All are welcome!
- UPDATE: Unfortunately, the workshop has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please check back later for information about rescheduling.