Faculty Profile

Jeff Engelhardt

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2014)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2018-19: one semester spread over the academic year

engelhaj@dickinson.edu

Allison Hall Room 3
717.254.8301
https://sites.google.com/site/virtualjeffengelhardt/home

Bio

I'm interested in human minds, how to study them, and how they interact with broader social structures. Over the past year or so, I've been trying to figure out how a particular theory of concepts, social externalism, might help us understand systemic oppression. Other recent published work concerns the mind-body problem in philosophy, more general metaphysical questions about minds, and the nature of causation.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.A., Saint Peter's College, 2004
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2011

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

PHIL 401 Feminist Philosophy of Mind
A seminar focusing in depth on a selected philosophical topic, author or text with special emphasis on student philosophical writing and voice. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least one at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 401 Senior Seminar
A seminar focusing in depth on a selected philosophical topic, author or text with special emphasis on student philosophical writing and voice. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least one at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2019

PHIL 101 Intro to Philosophy
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.

PHIL 253 Social Philosophy
This course is a survey of philosophical works, methods, and discussions concerning 'the social world'. We'll focus on contemporary works analyzing social construction, race and gender concepts, and social justice movements.

PHIL 304 Philosophy of Language
What is the meaning of a word? How is it related to the thing or things it picks out? Can we provide a systematic account of the meaning of every sentence of a natural language (such as English, Japanese or Hebrew)? What is the relationship between what words mean and what we get across with them? In what sense, if at all, do we follow rules when we use language? This course is a seminar in which we will consider these sorts of questions among others. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, including 103 (Logic) and two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor. Offered every two years.