Teaching

Fall 2018

Introduction to Scientific Reasoning
PHIL 102 MW 8:30-10:00 Wilson Hall 104

This course focuses on the nature of scientific reasoning,
both concerning individual hypothesis and involving theory testing.

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Advanced Epistemology
PHI 4141 MW 10:00-11:30 Wilson Hall 104

This class focuses on a careful investigation of skepticism
as a major position in epistemology. We will focus especially on
knowledge of the future, an especially pressing example of a domain where
our evidence is compatible with the falsity of what we believe.

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Spring 2019

Symbolic Logic
PHIL 301 MW 8:30-10:00 Psych 249

This course is a second course in formal logic, following
up on a first course involving propositional and predicate logic. It
is recommended for students who have already taken such a course, or for
students who have a strong background in mathematics. It will introduce
some of the proof techniques and formal apparatus that will be the focus
of Phil 403: Mathematical Logic, but with less of a focus on the metatheory
that is central to more advanced courses and more on the varieties of
logical theories, including alternatives to classical logic as well as extensions
of it through modal and other intensional logics. We will also learn
about various conditionals that have different truth conditions from those
studied in a first logic course.

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History of Analytic Philosophy
PHI 480 MW 10:00-11:30 Wilson Hall 104

This course will begin with the reaction of G.E. Moore to the dominant idealism of the 19th century, together with the advances in formal approaches launched by Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell. It will engage in the rise of ordinary language philosophy through the later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, as well as the important influence of the Vienna Circle and the rise and fall of Logical Positivism/Empiricism, culminating in the resurgence of metaphysics with the work of Saul Kripke. The course will close with a look at philosophy that is still in the analytic tradition after analytic philosophy itself had been abandoned.

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Courses I anticipate teaching at WUSTL
Phil 102 Introduction to Scientific Reasoning
Phil 301 Intermediate Logic
Phil 3113 Theory of Knowledge
Phil 306 Philosophy of Language
Phil 321 Philosophy of Science
Phil 327 Philosophy of Religion
Phil 3481 Intro to Metaphysics
Phil 4210 Topics in Advanced Philosophy of Science
Phil 4141 Advanced Epistemology
Phil 4142 Advanced Metaphysics
Phil 405 Philosophical Logic
Phil 4051 Philosophy of Logic
Phil 4061 Topics in the Philosophy of Language
Phil 4065 Advanced Philosophy of Language
Phil 502 Proseminar in Philosophy
Phil 508 SEMINAR: Topics in Analytic Philosophy
Phil 580: SEMINAR: any of—Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, Metaphysics

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