One major goal of my teaching is to prepare students to reason, communicate, and learn in the presence of diversity. To that end, I enjoy teaching courses that allow students to make use of their own background experiences, forms of expertise, and perspectives to contribute to discussions, while learning from others with different experiences, expertise, and perspectives to their own. I have found that learning objectives related to this goal have worked well in courses on applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
I have benefitted a great deal from attending workshops run by the AAPT (American Association of Philosophy Teachers). I highly recommend attending one if you have the chance.
Below you'll find some information on the
courses I am currently teaching or have taught recently. Please feel free to contact me for copies of syllabi.
Whether as patients, healthcare workers, voters, policymakers, activists, consumers, or researchers, we all encounter ethical challenges as we make decisions about our own health and well-being, and the health and well-being of those around us. In this course, we will develop the skills to reason about ethical challenges related to healthcare and health policy. We will develop the skills to closely read and evaluate arguments, assess our own views and assumptions, as well as the capacity to reason from premises that are not our own. Along the way we will consider topics such as pricing in the pharmaceutical industry, the permissibility of cosmetic surgery, and the legitimacy of health-oriented taxes on soda.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
According to a 2012 Pew Report on the Global Religious Landscape, about 84% (or about 5 out of every 6) of the global population is religiously affiliated (according to self reports). The practice of religion remains an influential force on many people’s beliefs, priorities, and behaviors. The religious and non-religious alike inhabit the same world, countries, neighborhoods and households, so it is important that, whatever our affiliation, we consider the role of religion(s) in different domains and that we are well-equipped to reason about it.
To this end, this course will consider the relationship between different philosophical topics and religion, including the relationship between religious commitments and enquiry into the nature of reality, the formation and evaluation of beliefs, and political decision-making. This will involve asking questions like: What are the different sources of belief in God(s) and how should we evaluate them? Is the existence of evil compatible with the existence of (a) perfect God(s)? How should we respond to disagreements about public policy driven by religious differences?