I teach introductory courses in general philosophy, as well as introductory and advanced courses in social and political philosophy, ethics, and European philosophy. My courses often explore questions like, “Why should I obey the law?,” “Is economic inequality unjust?,” “What does society owe me?,” and “What do I owe society?”
Across my classes, I aim to help students see how the claims of difficult and often historically remote texts speak to contemporary experience. For example, in both Justice, Freedom, and the State and Racial Justice and Injustice, we examine how classic justifications for state authority resonate with the realities of systemic racism. Do members of racially underprivileged groups have a duty to obey a state authority that disadvantages them?
Here are some of my recent courses.
PHIL 359: Kant and the Nineteenth Century (Spring 2022) [pdf]
PHIL 310: Ethics (Spring 2022) [pdf]
PHIL 470: Equality/Inequality (Fall 2021) [pdf]
PHIL 111: Philosophical Questions (Fall 2021) [pdf]
PHIL 226: Justice, Freedom, and the State (Fall 2019) [pdf]
PHIL 411: Racial Justice and Injustice (with Nishi Shah) (Spring 2018) [pdf]
PHIL 362: Crises of the Individual: Marx & Freud (Spring 2017) [pdf]