“It is not enough that my devotion to you has not helped me at all, but you are now made the victim of the hatred,’’ complains Boethius to Philosophy personalized, with the barbarians standing at the gates of Rome and himself sentenced to death. It seems that college students often formulate the very same complaint about studying philosophy; with no jobs around, the economy in crisis, they feel rather in need of some practical skills that would help them in these circumstances, or, in a seminary, of some training that would specifically prepare them for the path they are to undertake. My primary aim when teaching is to help students see why philosophy is both instrumentally and intrinsically valuable. On a more regular note, I am an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Conception Seminary College. For past syllabi of my courses, and for a statement about teaching, see the Archive.
Current and Recent Courses
My office is in St. Maur Hall, A002 (lower level). Please reserve a slot before coming to office hours to make sure I am here. You can make a reservation by clicking on the preferred slot below.
Some General Resources for Students
- Philpapers: an excellent catalog of reliable philosophy papers and books, with great searching abilities.
- The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: please use this instead of wikipedia.
- History of Philosophy without any Gaps: precisely as the name indicates. A podcast series by Peter Adamson and guests.