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I teach courses at all levels, from introductory philosophy through the PhD. My courses tend to focus on questions that I also research: time, modality, rationality, value, meaning, and religious faith. I also think teaching is a team sport; I often collaborate on courses here at ND, and I work with colleagues at other universities to share research on pedagogy.

One of my main teaching focuses is the best practices for general education philosophy instruction. I serve as Director of the God and the Good Life program, and I teach at least one supersection of the GGL course every year. Our EPG group collaborates with a large network of other faculty interested in developing high-impact, general education humanities courses.

Spring 2017 Examined Life Class Dinner

For ND undergraduates, I also occasionally offer an interdisciplinary sophomore seminar on time and a majors seminar in metaphysics.  Fall 2019 I am teaming up with faculty in FTT to teach an interdisciplinary seminar on the philosophy and production behind NBC’s The Good Place (with guest speakers from different parts of the show’s production process, including showrunner Michael Schur).

For graduate students, I am currently developing an interdisciplinary PhD seminar connected with programs in the NDIAS. In previous years, I’ve taught our first-year philosophy Proseminar, which covers major developments in philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology in the 20th century. And I occasionally offer specialized research seminars on topics in time, modality, rationality, and value.  From 2016-2019 I also led PhD pedagogy training for the department. Links to course pages and syllabi are below (updates in progress).

Courses and Syllabi:

(1) First Philosophy Courses:

Our “Socratic” GGL T Shirts
  1. God and the Good Life (Large Lecture)
  2. Introduction to Philosophy (Large Lecture)
  3. Honors Introduction to Philosophy (Seminar)
  4. Current Moral and Social Issues (Seminar – Rutgers)

(2) For Majors and Upperclassmen:

  1. The Examined Life Seminar (Fellows Gateway Seminar)
  2. The Good Class: Exploratory Seminar on Philosophy and Production Behind The Good Place (Team-taught with Chris Becker and Rick Herbst (FTT Dept)).
  3. Experiencing Time (College Seminar)
  4. Metaphysics (Majors Seminar)
  5. Introduction to Symbolic Logic (Lecture – Rutgers)
  6. Modal Logic and Metalogic (Lecture – Rutgers)

(3) Graduate Seminars:

  1. Diachronic Rationality and Personal Persistence
  2. Alternative Theories of Modality (co-taught with Sam Newlands)
  3. Proseminar: 20th Century Logic, Language, Epistemology and Metaphysics
  4. Time in Metaphysics and Logic
  5. The Philosophy Pedagogy Workshop
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