Teaching Tools & Materials
I grade student papers anonymously using a simple online tool I built, Paper Grader.
I create interactive practice problems for my logic students at deductivelogic.org, a tool I originally built for Ned Hall’s introductory logic course at Harvard.
I use handouts when I want to guide students’ attention, to provide an easily-navigable ‘map’ of the issues under discussion. Handouts should be carefully constructed to:
- Highlight questions/problems and avoid spoon-feeding students over-simplified summaries of the material.
- Allow for self-guided reflection by giving the students the freedom to linger on points of interest, to jump back/look ahead.
- Obviate rote note-taking, making it easier for students to think critically about the material as it’s being presented.
- Make it easier to jump in and out of group discussion by providing everyone with a static, shared point of reference for important quotes, key claims, and discussion questions.
Some sample handouts of mine:
Courses Taught as GSI
Metaphysics ・ Geoffrey Lee ・ Fall 2016
The fine-tuning argument, modality & possible worlds, time (A-theory vs. B-theory), space (relationism vs substantivalism), universal properties, laws of nature, mereological composition.
Modern Philosophy ・ Hannah Ginsborg ・ Spring 2016
Descartes’ “Meditations”, Spinoza’s “Ethics”, Berkeley’s “Three Dialogues”, Hume’s “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding”, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”.
Philosophical Methods ・ Barry Stroud ・ Fall 2015
An intensive writing course for philosophy majors, involving weekly one-on-one meetings to discuss a short writing assignment. Readings focused on free will.
The Nature of Mind ・ Umrao Sethi ・ Summer 2015
Cartesian dualism, logical behaviorism, identity theory, functionalism; qualia & ‘the hard problem’; personal identity.
Knowledge & Its Limits ・ John Perry ・ Spring 2015
Cartesian skepticism, Berkeley’s idealism, Humean skepticism, the existence of God, personal identity.
Theory of Knowledge ・ Barry Stroud ・ Fall 2014
A close investigation of three kinds of problems in epistemology: the problem of the external world, the problem of induction, the problem of other minds.
Introduction to Logic ・ Daniel Warren ・ Spring 2014
The basics of deductive logic: translation, validity, implication, and equivalence in truth-functional and quantificational logic; systems of deduction, and their soundness and completeness.
The Nature of Mind ・ John Campbell ・ Fall 2013
Cartesian dualism, logical behaviorism, functionalism; qualia & epiphenomenalism; personal identity; folk psychology & reductionism.
Philosophy of Mind ・ Paul Skokowski ・ Summer 2013
Cartesian dualism, logical behaviorism, identity theory, functionalism; qualia & physicalism; naturalistic reduction.