My teaching interests range from metaphysics, the philosophy of art, and the philosophy of language to ethics, epistemology, and 19th-century German philosophy. As an educator, I have two main goals: (1) to ensure that my students come away from my classroom with a sense of what philosophy is like, and how it can be of use to their everyday pursuits, and (2) to close the skills gap between majors and non-majors by the end of the semester. Recruiting students into taking one more philosophy class comes a close third.
Below, you'll find syllabi from classes that I've taught, and for classes that I'd like to teach.
Third-year course, McGill University
A general introduction to philosophical aesthetics focused on answering the question “What is art?” The first half of the course examines a number of key attempts to define ‘art’ throughout its history: the mimetic theory, definitions focusing on aesthetic attitudes and disinterest, theories that hold that art is the result of artistic expression or the communication of feelings, and the rise of contextualist theories of art. The second half of the course explores various sources of skepticism about attempts to define ‘art,’ from neo-Wittgensteinian criticisms to ‘cluster’ theories, the exclusivity of the artistic canon and gendered conceptions of artistic genius, the (surprisingly late) origins of our concepts of "art" and "works," and the difficulty of accounting for the art of non-Western cultures.
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 104 - Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 201 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning
PHIL 237 - Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 257 - Metaphysics: Time and Time Travel
PHIL 300 - Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 337 - The Question of Torture
PHIL 367 - 19th-Century German Philosophy
PHIL 415 - Philosophy of Language
PHIL 419 - Epistemology
PHIL 500 - Concepts
PHIL 555 - Fiction and Fictionalism
PHIL 556 - Abstract Objects and Multiple Artworks