Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching is a work in progress, evolving with every course. My general aim in teaching is to get students excited about philosophy, relating the topics and questions we're discussing to issues in everyday life, current hot topics in religion and politics, etc. I've always seen philosophy as not just a way of theorizing about the world, but a way of living in it, and that's something I strive to convey to students. Furthermore, since laughter is an important part of learning, my lectures always involve the use of memes – and while the comedic aspect is nice, I genuinely have found them helpful in strengthening the students' understanding of the argument or idea being discussed (after all, who doesn't remember something that made them laugh?) All in all, when I set out to teach a course my goal is to introduce students to the main ideas and arguments proposed by philosophers in the relevant field, to give them the tools to critically think about and engage with the readings in a philosophical manner, and lastly to relate what they're learning to issues in their own lives and the world around them.

Course Instructor

Philosophy of Religion

  • University of Utah, Spring 2022

Intro: Philosophy and issues related to God, faith, and reason

  • University of Utah, Fall 2021

Intro: Survey of Philosophy

  • University of Utah, Summer 2021

Women in Early Modern Philosophy

  • University of Utah, Fall 2020

Environmental Ethics

  • University of Utah, Summer 2020

Intro: Survey of Philosophy

  • University of Utah, Summer 2019

Teaching Assistant

Survey of Early Modern Philosophy (w/ Lex Newman)

  • University of Utah, Spring 2021

Deductive Logic (w/Chapman Waters)

  • University of Utah, Spring 2020

Intro: Philosophy and Human Nature (w/ Eric Hutton)

  • University of Utah, Fall 2019

Intro: Philosophy and Human Nature (w/ Anne Siebels Peterson)

  • University of Utah, Spring 2019

Selected Lecture Slides

Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God

Course: Intro: Philosophy and issues related to God, faith, and reason, Fall 2021

Link to lecture [Here]

The Problem of Evil: An Argument Against Theism

Course: Intro: Philosophy and issues related to God, faith, and reason, Fall 2021

Link to lecture [Here]

Are Science and Religion Incompatible?

Course: Intro: Philosophy and issues related to God, faith, and reason, Fall 2021

Link to lecture [Here]

What is Ultimately Real?

Course: Intro: Survey of Philosophy, Summer 2021

Link to lecture [Here]

Pascal vs Locke: On the prospects of reasoning our way to faith

Course: Early Modern Survey, Spring 2021

Link to lecture [Here]