Teaching

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Fall 2018, Spring 2021 – University of Notre Dame Philosophy Department

Phil 20245 Buddhist Philosophy

In this course, students will explore several key philosophical issues in the Buddhist tradition. We begin by asking if we can make sense of the term “Buddhist Philosophy” and then turn to Buddhist views of the self, interdependence, the philosophical role of meditation, and ethics. The focus of this course will be on Mahayana Buddhist thought, although we will occasionally examine Therevada and Vajrayana views as well. We will largely draw on the work of Nagarjuna, Dharmakirti, and Dignaga. The goal of this course is to examine questions, and proposed answers, that are critical to the Buddhist philosophical tradition.

Summer 2014 – Cal State San Marcos Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Dalai Lama’s Religion: Buddhism in Exile

As one of the world’s leaders, the Dalai Lama and his community have been living in exile from the Chinese government since 1959. Despite these challenges, the Dalai Lama travels the world generating awareness for the plight of the Tibetans and promoting peaceful relations between all groups. Why does a man with so much reason to be angry dedicate his life to promoting peace? In this course, we will explore the basic ideas of suffering, benefiting sentient beings, and “loving-kindness” in Tibetan Buddhism. Students will learn the basic Buddhist world system, the importance of becoming a Buddha, and the methods by which practitioners work to reach these goals. Throughout we will discuss the relationship between these teachings and the difficulties facing the modern Tibetan community. Each class session will include dedicated time for exploring both the history of Tibet and the philosophical aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Spring 2014 – University of Arizona Outreach College 

Six Impossible Things before Breakfast: Bringing Critical Thought to Everyday Life

Grades 6 – 8, March 17 – 21

Is there any sense in watching the nonsense in Wonderland? Is indulging in Superhero, Zombie, or Vampire movies a waste of time? How about a marathon of Saturday morning cartoons or World of Warcraft? We say this time may be well-spent! In this workshop, we will explore these and many other pop culture objects by finding the deep questions embedded within. Together we will discuss these questions, develop potential answers, and learn about the answers of great thinkers such as Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and Confucius. Middle school students will learn how to critically uncover and investigate important questions within the very entertainment they love to consume. Enrollment limited to 25 students. Overnight option available.

The poster helped the students become familiar with some basic philosophical tools used throughout the course

Teaching Assistantships

  • Ted Warfield’s Medical Ethics – Fall 2020
  • Ted Warfield’s Philosophy of Law – Spring 2020
  • Richard Cross’ Introduction to Philosophy – Spring 2016
  • Meghan Sullivan’s Introduction to Philosophy – Fall 2015
  • David Owen’s Introduction to Symbolic Logic – Spring 2013
  • Karen Borek’s God and the Problem of Evil – Spring 2013
  • Ethan Mill’s Philosophy of Religion – Spring 2012
  • Margaret Reimer’s Philosophy of Religion – Fall 2011