The following is a list of courses I have taught as the instructor of record at the University of Colorado Boulder:
Bioethics: PHIL 3160 (Fall 2017)
In this class we will be considering some of the most pressing and cutting edge questions in contemporary bioethics. Among these issues include physician-assisted suicide, the concept of health and disability, allocating scarce medical resources, creating children with specific genetic traits, plus more.
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy: PHIL 1010 (Fall 2017)
This course introduces students to philosophy by focusing on the Ancient period in the Western tradition. Key figures in this period include Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Presocratics, and the Stoics. The course will cover five different topics from the ancient period: (1) Science, Religion, and Philosophy, (2) Metaphysics, (3) Knowledge, (4) Fate, Freedom, and Responsibility, and (5) The Good Life.
Philosophy and Society (Applied Ethics): PHIL 1200
This is a philosophy class about real world ethical problems. These are problems that pervade everyday life and that inform public policy decisions that affect us all. As such, we will be discussing and debating various controversial moral issues, including arguments about the morality of abortion, using non-human animals for food, affirmative action, prostitution, climate change, and more. In doing so, we will be looking at the methodology that applied ethicists use in constructing and evaluating arguments. In addition, we will also be looking at how major normative theories in ethics help inform applied ethical questions.
Introduction to Bioethics: PHIL 1160
Bioethics, as it is practiced today, is an exciting and multifaceted interdisciplinary field. This class is designed to familiarize students with some of the more lively contemporary debates in bioethics. Since bioethical issues can take a variety of forms, we will be taking a more philosophical approach by considering questions such as: How do we determine whether a person is really dead? How should we allocate scarce resources such as organs? Should we be able to sell our organs for money? Is it wrong to genetically screen a child for their sex and physical traits? Is it wrong to have children? Is abortion wrong? Is experimenting on animals wrong? Plus more.
Introduction to Philosophy: PHIL 1000
In this introductory course, we will look at some major topics in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethics, and their intersection. We will first explore fundamental metaphysical questions about reality: Are there any reasons to believe God exists? If God exists and is all-good, then why is there so much evil in the world? Then we will turn to metaphysical questions about ourselves: What are we? Do we have souls? Can really know anything? Finally, we will confront fundamental questions in ethics: How should we act? Does morality depend on religion? How do we determine right from wrong? We will conclude by discussing some applied ethical questions about the moral status of abortion and eating animals for food.
In 2015 I was awarded the Claudia Mills Teaching Award, which is awarded yearly to the CU-Boulder philosophy department’s best Teaching Assistant.