The philosophy classroom is more transformative than the philosophy conference. Students encounter the long history of diverse ideas about enduring questions—questions that are also present in their lives, from what values to hold to what voices to trust. It is my honor and joy to make these introductions. In my teaching I aim to model and cultivate a way of inquiry. Philosophy invites us to question everything, to expose the places where our beliefs lack foundations. It offers us a range of amazing, alternative visions through which to see and understand the world. Though this can be threatening, it can also be exciting and freeing. Philosophy can prepare students to encounter others’ differences in belief, values, and experiences with respect and interest.
I teach logic and argument as empowering tools for navigating a world that wants to sway students with rhetoric and emotional appeal. I require students to map the texts we encounter, paying attention to how authors present their ideas. I also ask students to be sensitive to places that logical analysis is limited: where logical prowess is used to further a pet topic instead of in pursuit of truth, or where discussion of truth-value misses an important dimension of what someone does when she claims certain beliefs. In teaching, I aim for my students to learn the methods of philosophy’s rigor and appreciate the history of philosophy as a humanities discipline in the search for wisdom.
- Introduction to Philosophy
- The Birth of Reason in Ancient Greece
courses in preparation: Existentialism, Philosophy of Literature
future courses of interest: Skepticism & the Problem of Other Minds; Feminist Philosophy; Ordinary Language Philosophy
- Otis Green Fellowship for the development of talented teachers, Current
- Certificate for College Teaching from the Duke Graduate School, Current
- Lilly Graduate Fellows Program Teaching Fellowship, 2011-2014
- Teaching Triangles, Peer Teaching Observations, Spring 2015
- Co-instructor, Duke in Greece Study Abroad Program, Summer 2015
- Teaching Philosophy Course, Spring 2014, Spring 2015