Teaching Resources

Syllabi

Philosophy through fiction

In Fall 2020, I teach a graduate course on creative writing for philosophy. The syllabus is available here.

You can find my Youtube channel with all the instructional videos for this course here. These videos give you information on such things as character, viewpoint, dialogue, world building, description, plot development.

Philosophy through science fiction stories: Exploring the boundaries of the possible (edited by Helen De Cruz, Johan De Smedt and Eric Schwitzgebel, Bloomsbury, 2021) can be used for philosophy and science fiction courses. Details here. The introductory dialogue, which explores how fiction can convey philosophical ideas is freely available here.

Experimental philosophy

I developed a course on experimental philosophy for undergraduates. The course provides both an overview of some of the current debates in experimental philosophy and of a few basics of statistical inference, including testing for normality, t-tests, correlations, chi-square, and Fisher's exact test. Students also replicated a well-known philosophical experiment (Knobe's side effect effect) and Shaun Nichols' Genealogy of norms. They did fieldwork and recruited coders.

The module (course) guide can be found here. A discussion of how I approached teaching statistics to philosophy students can be found here.

Readings by women philosophers

It is still very common that students only get readings by male authors in their introductory classes to philosophy. This contributes to the image of philosophy as a boys only discipline. To improve gender balance in the philosophy profession, I have started a crowd-sourced list with writings, suitable for undergraduate teaching, written by female authors. Please feel free to contribute and add to the list. This list has now been incorporated into the American Philosophical Association's list of teaching resources.