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  • Associate Professor, Philosophy


Current Courses

Fall 2017

  • PHIL 3013-001 Plato's Republic (Student Feedback)
    Location: NS 202 (Naval Science Bldg)
  • PHIL 3500-001 Ethics
    Location: ARCH 228 (Architecture Bldg)
  • PHIL 3910-007 Individual Research
  • PHIL 4999-007 Honors Thesis/Project
  • PHIL 5910-014 Undergraduate Research
  • PHIL 6910-007 Individual Research
  • PHIL 6970-013 MA/MS Thesis Research
  • PHIL 6980-013 Faculty Consult M.A.
  • PHIL 7970-018 Thesis Research, Ph.D
  • PHIL 7980-013 Faculty Consult, Ph.D

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Courses I Teach

  • Philosophy 1003 - Intro to Philosophy: Philosophy and Human Nature.
    This course introduces students to the discipline of philosophy and its various subfields through a study of debates about human nature. Students will read the works of ancient thinkers along with those of modern philosophers and scientists, and will be exposed to views from both the Western and Asian traditions. A particular focus of the course will be to examine the ramifications of evolutionary theory for understanding human nature, as well as the implications of that theory for philosophical inquiry.
  • Philosophy 4140/6140 - Classical Chinese Philosophy.
    This course surveys seven main thinkers of the "classical" period of Chinese philosophy (approx. 550-221 BCE): Kongzi (Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi. These thinkers developed a complex and rich debate about ethics, human nature, moral psychology, and self-cultivation. The positions they established greatly influenced later Chinese history, including the development of Buddhism, and they influenced philosophical discourse in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam as well. Thus, understanding these early debates is an important stepping-stone for understanding East Asian thought generally. Readings consist mainly of primary texts in translation, with some secondary literature. No previous knowledge of Chinese language or history is necessary.