From my teaching philosophy:
I believe that the skills essential to philosophical discussion are as critical to our freedom as is the right to vote. In our classrooms, we practice open, honest, and respectful engagement with views that challenge our own. We learn to read both charitably and critically, pushing ourselves and our interlocutors alike to recognize and to grapple with our implicit assumptions. And in dialogue with others, we encounter new concepts that name – and so illuminate – phenomena that otherwise would remain obscure to us. These are the very same skills that citizenship demands of us, and philosophy classes are uniquely suited to their development.
I have taught broadly in social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, and applied ethics. For more information on my teaching practices, please download my teaching portfolio, or contact me at jclawles [at] utica [dot] edu.