Current Teaching



During FALL 2019, I am teaching the following course (with description):

PHIL 381.001: Science and Objectivity (MoWe 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM; 3330 MH)

It is a common view that science has special authority because it is based solely on objective empirical evidence and is therefore independent of any merely subjective social values. However, in his classic Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn has challenged this view, and his work has prompted a heated debate over the precise role of various kinds of values in science. In this course we will join this debate, considering not only Kuhn’s Structure but also recent work in the sociology of science and the philosophy of science. For the final sections of the course, we will focus in particular on Philip Kitcher’s Science, Truth, and Democracy and Helen Longino’s The Fate of Knowledge.

I will not be teaching during WINTER 2020.


Courses Taught

University of Michigan (From 2010)

Problems of Philosophy (232)
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (262)
Second Year Seminar in Philosophy: Skepticism, A History (286)
Honors Introduction to Philosophy (297)
Methods of Science (322)
Science and Objectivity (381)
History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (389)
Topics in Philosophy: Early Modern Female Philosophers (397)
Medieval Philosophy (460)
Topics in the History of Philosophy: Early Modern Theories of Causation (463)
Topics in the History of Philosophy: Descartes (463)
The Scientific Revolution (464)
Continental Rationalism: The Early Modern Concept of Substance (508)                                 Seminar in the History of Philosophy: Early Modern Theorles of Causation (610)                    Seminar in the History of Philosophy: Spinoza’s Ethics (610)


École Normale Supérieure, Paris (March 2017)

La métaphysique de la matière au début de l’époque moderne: Suárez, Descartes, Spinoza, taught as professeur invité at ENS


Duke University (1989–2010)

Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Logic
Development of the Concept of Mind
History of Modern Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy
Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding
Leibniz’s Middle and Late Metaphysics
Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature
Hume’s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding and Dialogues concerning Natural Religion
Malebranche, Arnauld and Leibniz
Post-Positivistic Theories of Science
Early Modern and Contemporary Approaches to the Metaphysics of Mind (co-taught)
Early Modern Physics and Metaphysics (co-taught)
Newtonianism and British Empiricism (co-taught)
The Scientific Revolution (co-taught)