My Teaching

As a teacher, I aim to cultivate enthusiasm about philosophical questions and to get all students involved in the dialogue of the class.  To these ends, I use a variety of methods, including asking students to connect course content to public debates in the news, to craft blog posts about ideas that interest them, to compete in classroom games (using programs like Kahoot), and to participate in traditional classroom discussion.

My general approach to teaching is greatly influenced by James Lang's Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, a book that I heartily recommend.  It is available here.

Courses for Fall 2017

Ethics and the Health Sciences (x4)

Courses for Spring 2018

Business Ethics (x4)

Guest Lectures

I have guest lectured on a number of topics in ethics, ancient, and early modern:

“What Makes a Life Go Best?” at Cornell University

“Moral Dilemmas” at the University of Southern California

“Rawls’s ‘Two Concepts of Rules’” at the University of Southern California

“Plato’s Allegory of the Cave” at the University of Southern California

“Plato’s Phaedo” at the University of Southern California

“Killing vs Letting Die” at the University of Southern California

“Berkeley’s Idealism” at Virginia Tech