In my teaching, I aim to acquaint students with philosophy as a way of life. I believe that experiences can give useful philosophical insights, and that, in some cases, experiences are necessary to see the truth of certain claims. So, I invite my students to live philosophically, whether by going out and trying certain things (e.g., acting as a Socratic gadfly, monitoring their impressions like a Stoic, suspending all beliefs like a Sceptic) or by reflecting on their own lives as an ancient Greek or Roman philosopher might have reflected on his own (e.g., by mapping the relations between their desires). I am a member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life project, and I give talks on what it means to conceive of and practice philosophy in this way.
Here are some of my recent courses.
In 2015, I was awarded the Martha Lile Love Award for Excellence in Teaching Philosophy for my interdisciplinary Environmental Ethics course at the University of Toronto, a course that consisted largely of students from the life sciences.
I am committed to improving students' abilities to write powerfully and concisely. Here is a guide that I made for my students: How to Write a Philosophy Paper.
I am interested in the usefulness of philosophy in the public sphere, in increasing access to philosophy, and in using technology to achieve that. Over the past several years, I have worked as the University of Toronto’s campus liaison with Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi), helping to produce videos on the philosophy of religion and on epistemology.
In 2006, I taught a course on English Language & Literature at the Changchun University of Chinese Medicine in Changchun, China.
I am happy to provide a teaching statement, diversity statement, and student evaluations upon request.