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Current Teaching Responsibilities:

I currently teach the following courses on a somwhat regular basis (click for sample syllabi where available):


Philosophy 121: "Reasoning and Writing"
Philosophy 205: "Ethics"
Philosophy 325: "Scientific Reasoning"
Philosophy 444/544: "Biomedical Ethics"
Philosophy 474/574: "Philosophy of Biology"
Philosophy 547: "Research Ethics"

Some previous graduate seminars and advanced undergraduate courses:


“The Later Wittgenstein”  A graduate seminar, last taught in Spring 2003 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
"The Philosophical Foundations of Democracy"  An upper-division course in Political Philosophy, concentrating on the philosophical arguments surrounding democratic systems, with an emphasis on liberty and freedom.  Last taught in Spring 2003 at UTK.
"The Philosophy of Madness: Conceptual Issues in Mental Illness" A graduate seminar, last taught in Spring 2002 at UTK.
"Science as Method" An upper-division / graduate seminar,  co-Taught with Massimo Pigliucci in Fall 2002 at UTK.
"Philosophy of Sex" An upper-division seminar, co-taught with David Reidy and Carolyn McLeod in Spring 2002 at UTK.
"Philosophy of Biology" An advanced upper division course, co-taught with Massimo Pigliucci, Depts. of Botany and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Taught in Fall 2001 at UTK.
"Topics in Contemporary Philosophy: Davidson, Rorty, and Hacking" A brief exploration of the relationship between some of the writings of three contemporary philosophers for advanced graduate students. Taught in Fall 1999 at UTK.
"The Philosophy and Literature of Existentialism and Post-Modernism," with Stephen Käufer. A co-taught course for advanced undergraduate philosophy majors, on the relationship between literature and two major philosophical movements. Taught in the Philosophy Department of Stanford University, Spring 1996.
"The Politics of Genes: The Heritability of I.Q. and Other Issues" A small seminar for advanced undergraduates on the relationship between political issues and issues in philosophy of biology. Taught in the Philosophy Department of Stanford University, Spring 1995
"Epistemology: Perception and Belief" A small seminar for advanced undergraduate students on epistemological issues related to perception. Taught in the Philosophy Department of Stanford University, Spring 1994.




Last Updated: January 2007