My core of my teaching work is the intersection of ethics (broadly construed) & epistemology (broadly construed). I also teach bioethics, including classes on ethics & mental health and on death & dying.
I teach my introductory courses historically to offer a sense of how philosophy can shape and be shaped by its context. I tend to work with my students from insights and developments in the history of philosophy toward pressing contemporary issues that bear on our communities and our self-understanding. I try to offer a historical component in my electives as well, depending on the focus of each particular course.
My recent teaching has included courses on freedom and responsibility, metaethics, normative ethics, bioethics, ethics of mental health care, and epistemology.
Here is my current & upcoming teaching:
In Fall 2018, I’ll be teaching two sections of the freshman core course, Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 1000 – EP1), along with a senior values seminar called Issues of Life & Death (PHIL 4418 – EP4). All of my fall courses this year are eloquentia perfecta seminars (writing & speaking intensive).
In Spring 2019, I’ll be offering a graduate class in Normative Ethical Theory (PHIL 5114), and an undergraduate elective on Issues in Contemporary Metaethics (PHIL 3980).
I have a Teaching Fundamentals Certificate from the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation at the University of Toronto, which I earned through a series of workshops on topics including pedagogy, equity and diversity in the classroom, and engaging students through writing.
Here is a list of past classes:
Normative Ethics (Graduate Level) ~ Spring 2018
Metaethics (Graduate Level) ~ Fall 2017
Ethics & Mental Health (Honours Program) ~ Spring 2017
Metaethics ~ Fall 2016
Philosophy of George Santayana (Graduate Level) ~ Fall 2016
Freedom & Responsibility ~ Summer 2018/Summer 2017/Spring 2016
Philosophical Ethics ~ F17/S16/F15/F14
Human Nature ~ Fordham University ~ F18/S17/F16/S15/F14
At the University of Toronto (St. George Campus)
Bioethics ~ Spring 2014
Knowledge & Reality ~ Spring 2013
Ethics and Mental Health ~ University of Toronto ~ Winter 2014/Winter 2013
Introduction to Philosophy ~ University of Toronto ~ Fall 2013
Introduction to Ethics ~ University of Toronto ~ Winter 2011/Winter 2010
Belief, Truth, Knowledge ~ University of Toronto ~ Fall 2010/Winter 2009
Freedom and Determinism ~ University of Toronto ~ Fall 2009
Law and Morality ~ University of Toronto ~ Spring 2009/Fall 2008
Knowledge, Mind, Existence ~ University of Saskatchewan ~ Winter 2007/Fall 2006