At Florida International University
Philosophy and Probability [syllabus]
Units on beliefs and degrees of belief, probability distributions, conditional credences, conditionalization, rational constraints, confirmation theory, decision theory, arguments for probabilism, and challenges and objections to Bayesianism.
Advanced Issues in Decision Theory
Summer seminar on Choosing for Changing Selves.
Ethics of Belief [syllabus]
Units on the Clifford/James debate, doxastic voluntarism, the deontological conception of epistemic justification, pragmatic reasons for belief, the value of knowledge, the value of true belief, the aim of belief, epistemic instrumentalism, epistemic consequentialism, epistemic injustice, echo chambers and filter bubbles, promising against the evidence, and epistemic partiality in friendship.
Units on skepticism, epistemic luck, a priori knowledge, contextualism, pragmatic encroachment, immediate justification, coherentism, internalism and externalism, infinitism, the uniqueness thesis, epistemic value, and epistemic closure.
Introduction to Philosophy [syllabus]
Units on arguments for God’s existence, arguments against God’s existence, the ethics of belief, skepticism, free will, moral luck, psychological egoism, moral relativism, world hunger, eating meat, and drug legalization/criminalization.
Introduction to Ethics [syllabus]
Completely different course from “Introductory Ethics” (below). Designed for small-class format, with heavy emphasis on student-driven discussion and the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Units on cultural relativism, subjectivism, ideal observer theory, supernaturalism, intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism, the golden rule, consequentialism, deontology, and applied ethics (with applied topics chosen according to interest).
At University of Wisconsin Madison
Jurisprudence and Social Issues [syllabus]
Units on punishment, legal positivism, natural law, legal realism, political obligation, and liberty (via pornography, hate speech, and drug legalization/decriminalization).
Ethics in Business [syllabus]
Units on ethical theory, affirmative action, capitalism, the moral limits of the market, corporate social responsibility, informational privacy, insider trading, intellectual property rights, working conditions, sweatshops, environmental ethics, and whistle-bowing.
Introduction to Philosophy [syllabus]
Units on arguments for God’s existence, arguments against God’s existence, the ethics of belief, skepticism, the mind-body problem, personal identity, free will and determinism, freedom and responsibility, ethical theory, psychological egoism, abortion, and world hunger.
Introductory Ethics [syllabus]
Units on religion and morality, axiology, the badness of death, psychological and ethical egoism, consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics, the moral status of animals, abortion, world hunger, ethical relativism, moral nihilism, and moral objectivity.
Contemporary Moral Issues [syllabus]
Units on ethical theory, animals, abortion, euthanasia, family ethics, genetic enhancement, world hunger, affirmative action, capital punishment, and terrorism and torture.
At Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
Principles of Reasoning (at CTY Lancaster)
20-person summer seminar for academically advanced pre-college students. Covered propositional logic, quantificational logic (with relations and identity), inductive reasoning, informal fallacies, and moral reasoning.
Introduction to Logic (at CTY Hong Kong)
20-person summer seminar for academically advanced pre-college students. Covered syllogistic logic, propositional logic, quantificational logic (with relations and identity), modal logic, inductive reasoning, informal fallacies, and moral reasoning.