I approach teaching philosophy much the way I do my research: to develop the rigorous reflections of Medieval Scholasticism in order to apply a broadly Aristotelian philosophy to contemporary life. Consequently, my teaching philosophy is grounded in the Aristotelian insight that we are, by nature, attracted to truth and goodness, and a central aim of philosophy is to integrate our lives around the goods that make for a flourishing life. As a teacher, I aim to cultivate in my students an ancient vision of philosophy understood and practiced as the rigorous pursuit of truth, motivated by a love for wisdom and experientially practiced as a "way of life."
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I have taught the following courses:
PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy (2x)
PHIL 2050: Ethics (4x)
Please contact me for my complete teaching dossier, which includes quantitative and qualitative evidence of teaching effectiveness, as well as sample syllabi and course assignments.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, I am collaborating with Dr. Susan Brower-Toland on a new introduction to philosophy course, "Philosophy and the Good Life," which will be offered in Spring 2020 and focuses on philosophy as a way of life.
"If I could major in a field in which every class was taught by him, I would."
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"He deeply cares about the material and conveys it in such a thought-provoking and captivating way."
"His 'Philosophy as a Way of Life' week-long, experiential project was incredible and something I will continue throughout my life. He has given me tools and the knowledge to know myself more clearly and be a better person. This class was invaluable for me, not only as a student, but as a person."
"He is incredibly respectful toward any contribution made in class."