SAMPLE SYLLABI

Below are four representative syllabi. You may also see all of the courses I have taught.

EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY

Students are introduced to canonical early modern philosophers, plus several voices from new narratives. They will learn through assignments such as modeling early modern philosophical genres in their writing and conducting basic scientific experiments from their reading. 

MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

We cover the origins of modern political theory, with an emphasis on works that interact with the English Civil War, American Revolution, and French Revolution. Students will process theory using team based, active learning such as developing a system of government based on the theories that they are learning and interact with the other teams based on that system.

EXISTENTIALISM

Since the existentialists were less concerned with abstract theorizing than fundamental aspects of living, this course aims to fulfill that spirit of existentialism. Students master existential theory, encountering them through experiential learning: virtual reality simulations, distraction free days, cultivating boredom through tedium, and so forth..

ETHICAL THEORY

To help students reason through normative ethics, we create argument maps to consider each theory in light of criticisms from secondary literature. Students also build bridges between their major and other areas of interest by applying the theories to ethical dilemmas, considering the viability of each and testing to coherence of their ethical intuitions.