Classes & Syllabi

[GS] = Graduate Seminar – [G/UG] = Graduate/Undergraduate – [UG] = Undergraduate – [H] = Honors – [HUM] = Integrative Studies in the Humanities – [LC] = Lecture Course

Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal-arts cliché about “teaching you how to think” is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: “Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliché about “the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.” This, like many clichés, so lame and unexciting on the surface, actually expresses a great and terrible truth. It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in the head. And the truth is that most of these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger. And I submit that this is what the real, no-bull- value of your liberal-arts education is supposed to be about: How to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default-setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out. (David Foster Wallace, This is Water)

2019

Phl 357: Marx [UG]
tbd

Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
tbd

2018

On leave

2017

sartrecuba1 Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
Jean-Paul Sartre
the-lobster02-full-960x0-c-default Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
On Being Human
heidg_0_920x602 Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
Heidegger, Being and Time
francis-bacon-three-studies-for-a-portrait-of-lucian-freud-2 Phl 247: Aesthetics [UG]
Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Benjamin, Marcuse
camus-1 Phl 220: Existentialism [UG]
Freedom, Action, Revolution, Racism

2016

row Iah231b: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Visions of a Post-Capitalist Society
HegelMarx Phl 850/820: Seminar in Social-Political Philosophy [GS]
Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (and Marx) [cancelled]
sartre che Phl 220: Existentialism [UG]
Faith, Freedom, Action
marx_engels_nrz Phl 357: Marx [UG]
Reading Capital
MarxFoucault Phl 820: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Foucault (and Marx)

2015

enjoycapitalism Iah231b: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Capitalism and Globalization
obey Phl 850: Seminar in Social-Political Philosophy [GS]
Rationality and its Other II / Critical Theory II (co-taught with Prof. Hedrick)
Karl Marx Phl 357: Marx [UG]
The German Ideology and Grundrisse
teachingphilosophy Phl 810: Teaching Philosophy [GS]
Teaching Workshops

2014

benjamin Phl 810: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Rationality and its Other I / Critical Theory I (co-taught with Prof. Hedrick)
growth Iah 231b: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Capitalism and Globalization
MarcuseBerlin1967 Phl 421: Topics in European and Continental Philosophy (G/UG)
Herbert Marcuse
stalker Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
What does it mean to be human?
leviathan Phl 350: Introduction to Social-Political Philosophy [UG]
Modern Social-Political Philosophy
arendt3 Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
Hannah Arendt
marxlyon1968 Phl 357: Marx [UG]
The German Ideology and Capital

2013

miessozialistenfriedhofberlin Phl820/850: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Recent European Political Philosophy
enjoycapitalism Iah 231b: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Capitalism and Globalization

Summer 2013, BTU Cottbus

karl-marx Lecture course [LC]
Kapital, Materialismus und Kritik: Die Philosophie von Karl Marx
capital Graduate seminar [GS]
Marx, Das Kapital I
RichterIG Graduate seminar [GS]
Malerei als eine Form von Denken. Philosophie und Kunst im Werk Gerhard Richters
anarchism Undergraduate seminar [UG]
Anarchism and Radical Democracy

2013

vivelacommune Phl 491: Special Topics in Philosophy [G/UG]
Community, the Commons, and Political Resistance
beuys_der_unbesiegbare Phl 200: Introduction to Philosophy [UG]
Introduction to Philosophy
Paris1968a Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
State, Democracy, Power: Radical European Political Thought
bacon_crucifixion Phl 347: Aesthetics [UG]
Nietzsche – Heidegger – Deleuze
KreditkarteChemnitz2012 Phl 810/820/850: Seminar in Social-Political Philosophy [GS]
Marx, Capital
marx_wallstreet Iah 231b: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Critical Analysis of Capitalism
levinas Phl 820: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Intentionality and Beyond: From Husserl to Levinas
intro_russell Phl 200: Introduction to Philosophy [UG]
Introduction to Philosophy

2011

on leave

Summer 2011, BTU Cottbus

Burtynsky_Shipbreaking

Undergraduate seminar [UG]
The Meaning of Photography: Recent US-American Discussions

heidegger

Graduate seminar [GS]
Heidegger: Sein und Zeit

cyborg

Graduate seminar [GS]
Recent Anglo-American Philosophy of Technology

heidegger4

Lecture course [LC]
Heidegger

2010

heideggeraugstein

Phl 820: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Heidegger and Adorno

Weekend retreat and workshop:
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Protocols of seminar sessions: Sep 2 – Sep 9 – Sep 16 – Sep 23 – Sep 30 – Oct sessions

adorno1 Phl347: Aesthetics [UG]Adorno’s Aesthetics
sugimoto_japanese_sea

AL 892: Seminar in Cultural Theory [GS]
The Sublime and the Non-Representable

enjoycapitalism

Iah 231a: Integrative Studies [HUM/LC]
The Culture of Capitalism

gadamer

Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
Gadamer and Hermeneutics

hegel kant carton

Phl200: Introduction to Philosophy [UG/H]
Introduction to Philosophy

2009

duerer_wunde

Phil 347: Aesthetics [UG]
Kant – Nietzsche – Heidegger

stalker

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Human Nature

five_senses

AL 892: Basic Concepts of Cultural Theory [GS]
Philosophy of Culture

stalker

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Human Nature

kiefer_celan

Phl 491: Special Topics in Philosophy [G/UG]
Philosophy of Poetry

capitalism

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
The Culture of Capitalism

2008

richter_tote

Pro 200: Honors Research Seminar [UG/H]
Photographic Representation

heidegger6

Phl 820: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Heidegger, Being and Time

vermeer

Phl 347: Aesthetics [UG]
Aesthetics: Kant vs. Hegel

capitalism

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
The Culture of Capitalism

heidegger3

Phl 420: Topics in European Philosophy [G/UG]
Hermeneutics of Life: The Early Heidegger

paresi

Iah 231a: Integrative Studies [HUM/LC]
Human Nature

2007

on leave

2006

hegel

Phl 820: Seminar in Continental Philosophy [GS]
Intersubjectivity from Hegel to the Present

capitalism

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
The Culture of Capitalism

panopticon

Pro 200: Honors Research Seminar [UG/H]
Power, Discipline, and Institutions

paresi

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Human Nature

hegel

Phl 416: [G/UG]
Hegel

images

Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
Foucault

2005

schlemmer

Iah 231a: Human Values, the Arts, and the Humanities [HUM/LC]
Human Nature and Art

heidegger1

Phl 421: Topics in Continental Philosophy [G/UG]
Heidegger and Phenomenology

2005: University of Kansas

Introduction to Philosophy

Augustine’s Confessions and Contemporary Philosophy [pdf] [GS]

19th Century European Philosophy [pdf]

Introduction to Philosophy [pdf]

2004

20th Century Continental Philosophy [pdf]

Introduction to Philosophy

Husserl and Heidegger [pdf] [GS]

Introduction to Philosophy [pdf]

2003

19th Century European Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

2002-2003: Seattle University

Philosophy of the Human Person

Ethics

Introduction to Philosophy