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Joel Martinez

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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J.R. Howard Hall

“My aim in teaching is to express to the students how puzzling and interesting the everyday world is. We talk about morality, the external world, social institutions and other minds every day. However, philosophical reflection shows us that when we use these everyday ideas we do so in ways that are loaded with assumptions and involve commitments or implications we do not always notice. Philosophy is practical, important, and also just plain interesting.”

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2006. In my dissertation Livability, Education and the Aims of Moral Theory, I argued that philosophers interested in ethics can and should take moral education to be a central aim of moral theorizing. My subsequent research has focused on the development of Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology.  My publications have appeared in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Apeiron, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, and An Anthology of Philosophical Studies (ATINER).  My interests include Virtue Ethics, 19th Century Philosophy (particularly the development of Utilitarianism), and the Philosophy of Education.

I am honored to have received the 2010 Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award, administered by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies.

During my free time, I like to hike with my dog in the forests surrounding Portland.

Teaching

Spring 2017 Courses

PHIL 101 Logic

Analyses of arguments with an emphasis on formal analysis. Propositional and predicate calculus, deductive techniques, and translation into symbolic notation.

PHIL 314 Ethical Theory

The main systematic approaches to issues in moral philosophy. Meta-ethics: meaning of moral terms, relativism, subjectivism, ethics and science, social contract theory. Normative ethics: deontological duties, utilitarianism, virtue and character, egoism, rights, natural law, justice, blameworthiness, excuses.

 

PHIL 452 Ethics/Science Happiness

Advanced study of classical and current philosophical issues and problems in value theory, including the philosophy of art and beauty, ethics and morality, philosophy of religion, social and political thought, and the philosophy of law. May be repeated with change of topic.

 

Professional Experience

I am honored to have received the 2010 Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award, administered by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2006 University of Arizona, B.A. 1997 New Mexico State University

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Joel Martinez’s office is located in room 232 of John R. Howard Hall.

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Joel Martinez Associate Professor of Philosophy

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