University of Alberta

Courses Taught

At the University of Alberta

PHIL 217: Biology, Society, and Values.  Winter 2009, Winter 2013, Winter 2014      [syllabus]

PHIL 265: Philosophy of Science.  Fall 2009, Winter 2012      [syllabus]

PHIL 317: Philosophy of Biology.  Winter 2007, Winter 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013      [syllabus]

PHIL 386: Philosophy and Health Care.  Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2012      [syllabus]

PHIL 388: Philosophy and Nursing I.  Fall 2011, Fall 2013      [syllabus Sect. A1, syllabus Sect. A2]

PHIL 405/505: Philosophy of Mind – Conceptual Analysis (seminar).  Winter 2010

PHIL 405/505: Philosophy of Mind – Conceptual Analysis, Intuitions, and Experimental Philosophy (seminar).  Winter 2017      [syllabus]

PHIL 412/510: Philosophy of Science – Overview of Primary Literature (seminar).  Winter 2009, Fall 2011     [syllabus]

PHIL 412/510: Philosophy of Science – Science and Values (seminar).  Fall 2015, Winter 2019     [draft syllabus]

PHIL 412/510: Philosophy of Science – Biological and Social Kinds (seminar).  Fall 2017     [syllabus]

PHIL 415/510: Philosophy of Biology – Overview of Primary Literature (seminar).  Winter 2008, Fall 2010, Winter 2014       [syllabus]

PHIL 510: Philosophy of Science – Science and Values (seminar).  Winter 2013      [syllabus]

At the University of Pittsburgh

Principles of Scientific Reasoning (introduction to inductive and deductive logic).  Spring 2003

Problem Solving: How Science Works (critical and quantitative reasoning course for humanities majors).  2003

Statistics and Causal Reasoning (critical and quantitative reasoning course).  Spring 2004

Morality and Medicine.  Fall 2004

Teaching Assistant (Weekly Tutorials) at the University of Pittsburgh

Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Morality and Medicine

Mind and Medicine (introduction to philosophy of mind from a historical perspective)

Explanations of Humans and Society (Freud, Skinner, and Piaget)

Teaching Assistant (Weekly Tutorials) at the University of Konstanz

Philosophy of Probability (Department of Philosophy)

Algebra (Department of Mathematics)

Algebraic Number Theory (Department of Mathematics)

Supervision and Training

Co-Supervisor of Postdoctoral Fellow

Joyce Havstad, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Integrative Research Center of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, April 2014 – August 2015. Co-supervision with Olivier Rieppel and Scott Lidgard (both at the Field Museum)

Thesis Supervisor

Danielle Brown, Personality Disorders as Natural Kinds: Making Room for Non-Epistemic Values in Psychiatry, in progress

Hui-Ming Chin, Self-Consciousness and Its Mechanism: Can Bodily Experience Count as a Kind of Self-Consciousness? Ph.D. in Philosophy, in progress

Esther Rosario, Sex as a Biosocial Kind: A Case of Strategic Conceptual Engineering. Ph.D. in Philosophy, in progress

Yang Zhao, The Nature of Scientific Laws. M.A in Philosophy, May 2018  (co-supervision)

Zi Huang, A Phenomenological Interpretation of Organisms. M.A in Philosophy, December 2017  (co-supervision)

Nasrin Sultana, A Defense of Bertrand Russell's Theory of Definite Descriptions against Donnellan's Distinction. M.A. in Philosophy, July 2017  (co-supervision)

Ernest Howe, Critical Thinking, Philosophical Theories of Testimony, and the Challenge of Wikipedia Knowledge Claims. Ph.D. in Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education (Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta), August 2015

Taylor Murphy, Cognitive Homology: Psychological Kinds as Biological Kinds in an Evolutionary Developmental Cognitive Science. M.A. in Philosophy, September 2012

Sara Weaver, A Crossdisciplinary Exploration of Essentialism about Kinds: Philosophical Perspectives in Feminism and the Philosophy of Biology, M.A. in Philosophy, September 2011 (co-supervision)

Taylor Murphy, Concepts and Counterfactual Reasoning. B.A. (Honors) in Philosophy, May 2010  (co-supervision)

Graduate Thesis Supervisory Committee Member

Ka Ho Lam, Natural Kind Realism, Taxonomic Monism and the Hierarchy Assumption. Ph.D. in Philosophy, in progress

Cheryl Mack, A Biophilosophical Analysis of the Moment of Death. Ph.D. in Philosophy, in progress

Jonathan Simmons, Identity and Lifestyle in the Skeptical Movement. Ph.D. in Sociology, in progress

Emma Peng Chien, Beyond Cognition: Philosophical Issues in Autism. Ph.D. in Philosophy, January 2017

Nicolas Bullot, Tracking and Controlling Persons: Identification for Control in Cognitive Behaviours and Cultural Practices. Ph.D. in Philosophy, September 2015

Andrew Ball, Virtue in Context. Ph.D. in Philosophy, January 2015

Jeffery Fedorkiw, Compositionality and the Metaphysics of Meaning. M.A. in Philosophy, August 2011

Michael Flood, Eternalism, Presentism, and Change. M.A. in Philosophy, June 2011

Andrei Buleandra, The Prescriptivity of Conscious Belief. Ph.D. in Philosophy, April 2011

Aristotle Hadjiantoniou, Many-Sorted Free Logic. M.A. in Philosophy, January 2009

Graduate Thesis Defense External Examiner

Justin Bzovy, Species Pluralism: Conceptual, Ontological, and Practical Dimensions. Ph.D. in Philosophy, Western University, November 2016

Graduate Thesis Defense Arm's Length Examiner

Francisco Galan Tames, Intuitions about Cases and Principles: A Defense of Reflective Equilibrium. M.A. in Philosophy, May 2018

Sarah Bezan, Nature Morte: Decomposing Darwinism's Evolutionary Aesthetics. Ph.D. in English, September 2017

Meysam Shojaeenejad, Success Semantics: Motivations, Problems, and Solutions. M.A. in Philosophy, September 2017

Paul Showler, Politics of Incommensurability: The Case of Rorty and Foucault. M.A. in Philosophy, May 2016

Stephen Speake, Debating Milk: Competing Discourses on Nutrition and Safety. Ph.D. in Sociology (Department of Sociology, University of Alberta), September 2015

Katelyn Petersen, Literature of Movement: Trends, Developments, and Prospects in Transcultural Literature as Exemplified by Contemporary German-Language Texts. Ph.D. in Germanic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, joint Ph.D. program with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), April 2013.

Brian Dupuis, The Cognitive Science of Reorientation. M.Sc. in Psychology (Department of Psychology, University of Alberta), September 2012

Janet Grynas, A Window on the Fatherland: Christian Kracht's Faserland in English Translation. M.A. in Translation Studies (Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta), August 2012