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  • Graduate Teaching Asst (E), Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Philosophy is a conversation. The trends we see in contemporary philosophy arise within a historical context, often informed by scientific discovery. My approach to teaching philosophy, whether teaching advanced or introductory courses, is to highlight this conversation by emphasizing the historical and thematic connections between philosophical ideas, while teaching my students to critically engage with philosophy in innovative ways. It is well known that students who are interested and engaged in their learning are likely to learn more than those who are not. In order to promote engaged learning, I have three main goals as a teacher: 1) to find innovative ways to use technology to connect with students’ interests, 2) to foster student collaboration and professional communication, and 3) to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning.

Courses I Teach

  • PHIL 3012 - Philosophy of Perception
    This course will be an examination of some of the philosophical dimensions of perception—how we see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and otherwise experience the world. There will be a shared emphasis in contemporary theories and prominent historical accounts dating back to the beginnings of modern science and philosophy. This course meets the Area II requirement for philosophy majors and minors. 3 Credits