Here are my latest courses. Links, where available, will take you to past or current syllabi. Scroll down for a list of some past courses.

April 01, 2019

PHIL 148: Philosophy & the Environment

This quarter the course focuses on animals, wilderness, biodiversity, conservation in the Anthropocene, and then it turns to ethicals issues involving the climate and pollution.

September 27, 2018

This quarter the course focuses on puzzles in dynamics: (in)determinism, (non)locality, the direction of time, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics.

April 03, 2018

PHIL 148: Philosophy & the Environment

This course explores contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of philosophy -- primarily ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of science.  We’ll cover some of the following topics: Ethics, Food and Animals; Wilderness, Ecology and Ethics: What is Natural?; The Land Ethic; Biodiversity, Assisted Migration and Rewilding; Climate, Ethics and Economics; Property, Pollution and Precaution. In each section, I'll try to mix theoretical problems in philosophy with practical problems facing conservation today. Many of the assignments will be project-based.

September 25, 2017

PHIL 146: Philosophy of Physics

This quarter the course will focus on the philosophical foundations of spacetime physics, both classical and relativistic. This topic is an exceptionally rich one, attracting some of the all-time greatest thinkers in the history of science and philosophy, e.g., Descartes, Galileo, Newton, Leibniz, Kant, Reichenbach, Einstein, Gödel. We'll focus on many deep questions, including: Are space and time relational or absolute? Does time “flow”? Does relativity prove that it doesn’t? What is the “shape” of space? Does quantum non-locality conflict with relativity? Is time travel possible? Tackling these questions will help one better understand both the physics of spacetime and the philosophy of science.

January 05, 2017

PHIL 26: Science, Values & Society

New knowledge brings new responsibilities. In this class we'll examine some of the ethical challenges facing us as we try to implement new science in a socially responsible manner. We'll also investigate the dangers of pseudo-science (and how to tell the difference between it and science), as well as study some general thoughts about how science should operate in a democracy.

March 30, 2017

PHIL 148: Philosophy & the Environment

This course explores contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of philosophy -- primarily ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of science.  We’ll cover some of the following topics: Ethics, Food and Animals; Wilderness, Ecology and Ethics: What is Natural?; The Land Ethic; Biodiversity, Assisted Migration and Rewilding; Climate, Ethics and Economics; Property, Pollution and Precaution. In each section, I'll try to mix theoretical problems in philosophy with practical problems facing conservation today

March 30, 2017

PHIL 245: Philosophy of Science (Quantum Mechanics, with Chip Sebens)

Mondays, 4-7, HSS 7077​

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