In teaching, my goal is to help my students to learn not just about philosophy, but rather how to do philosophy. My students learn to read and interpret philosophical texts, to reconstruct and evaluate philosophical arguments, and to write and speak critically and clearly about philosophical ideas.
My teaching dossier, available here, includes a full teaching statement as well as comprehensive evaluations of my teaching, sample syllabi, and teaching materials.
At Texas State, I’ve taught the following courses:
Phil 1305: Philosophy and Critical Thinking - Syllabus
Honors 1305: Philosophy and the Internet - Syllabus
This was an honors seminar version of Phil 1305 that presented an introduction to philosophy by way of reflection on the philosophical dimensions of the shift to living a great deal of our lives online.
Phil 1320: Ethics and Society - Syllabus
Phil 1320: Ethics and the Arts - Syllabus
This was a specialized version of Phil 1320, focusing on ethical issues in the arts. Enrollment restricted to arts majors.
Phil 4435: Philosophy of Art - Syllabus
Honors 3398Q: Life Online: Epistemology, Ethics and Culture on the Internet - Syllabus
I taught the following courses as a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA:
Phil 22 Introduction to Ethical Theory - Syllabus
Phil 177B Historical Studies in Existentialism: Nietzsche - Syllabus
Phil 161 Topics in Aesthetic Theory: Introduction to Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art - Syllabus
Phil 161 Topics in Aesthetic Theory: Values of Art - Syllabus
Phil 153A Topics in Ethical Theory: Ethics of Friendship - Syllabus
Phil 191 Variable Topics Research Seminar: The Philosophy of Food - Syllabus
Phil 180 Philosophy of Action - Syllabus
At Princeton, I served as an assistant in instruction for a number of introductory and upper level philosophy courses:
Phi 202/Chv 202 Introduction to Moral Philosophy, Spring 2012. Primary Instructor: Gilbert Harman. Introductory Course. Led two weekly discussion sections; assisted in designing syllabus and course materials; gave one guest lecture; graded assignments.
Phi 326/Hum 326 Philosophy of Art: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Arts, Fall 2009, Spring 2011. Primary Instructor: Alexander Nehamas. Upper-level undergraduate course. Led three weekly discussion sections; assisted in designing syllabus and course materials; gave one guest lecture; graded assignments.
Phi 306/Com 393 Nietzsche, Spring 2010. Primary Instructor: Alexander Nehamas. Upper-level undergraduate course. Led two weekly discussion sections; graded assignments.
I was also a Graduate Fellow at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, where I planned and ran annual orientations for new graduate student teachers in philosophy; conducted teaching observations and consultations; and contributed to McGraw Center programming on pedagogy.
Over the summer of 2013, I co-taught Phi 102: Introduction to Philosophy, an introductory undergraduate course providing students with a historical overview of Western philosophy ranging from ancient to contemporary readings.