Faculty Profile

Jeff Engelhardt

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2014)

Contact Information

engelhaj@dickinson.edu

East College Room 201
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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

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 301 Metaphysics
This seminar will treat key issues in metaphysics, such as the self and personal identity, free will, universals and particulars, causation, reductionism, naturalism, realism and anti-realism, and the very possibility of metaphysics. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2018

WGSS 201 Feminist Epistemology
Cross-listed with PHIL 261-01.This course considers the traditions of investigating social knowledge and social knowers. In contrast to the socially generic, isolated individual knowers in classical epistemology, feminist epistemology considers how one's social position influences what one may know or which epistemic virtues one is inclined to develop, how we depend on others to acquire knowledge and avoid error, and how communities can share resources conducive to knowledge-acquisition.

WGSS 201 Sex
Cross-listed with PHIL 261-02.This course investigates sex, sexual activity, sexual orientations, and related philosophical topics. We'll consider questions such as, Is sex important? What is morally good sex, if there is such a thing? What is a sexual orientation? What roles should sex, sexual activity, and sexual orientation play in our lives?

PHIL 256 Philosophy of Mind
This course investigates the nature of the mind and its relation to the brain, body, and the surrounding world. Analyses of these topics will draw on information from fields such as psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or computer science. Prerequisite: one previous course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 261 Feminist Epistemology
Cross-listed with WGSS 201-03.This course considers the traditions of investigating social knowledge and social knowers. In contrast to the socially generic, isolated individual knowers in classical epistemology, feminist epistemology considers how one's social position influences what one may know or which epistemic virtues one is inclined to develop, how we depend on others to acquire knowledge and avoid error, and how communities can share resources conducive to knowledge-acquisition.

PHIL 261 Sex
Cross-listed with WGSS 201-02.This course investigates sex, sexual activity, sexual orientations, and related philosophical topics. We'll consider questions such as, Is sex important? What is morally good sex, if there is such a thing? What is a sexual orientation? What roles should sex, sexual activity, and sexual orientation play in our lives?

PHIL 550 Independent Research