Colin Patrick

Colin Patrick

Adjunct Assistant Professor

John R. Howard Hall 232, MSC: 45
In my view philosophy is a practice, characterized by the careful, honest, systematic interrogation of settled assumptions about ourselves, our history, and our natural and social world. I believe we live in a society and culture that discourages us not only from critically evaluating these things, but even from feeling we have any right to do so - and to simply leave all the thinking, evaluating, agenda-setting work to the “experts.” In my courses I seek more than anything to empower students to push back against this, to be confident in their capacity to recognize arguments and inferences when they come across them, to be able to draw out the logical implications of viewpoints and arguments - especially those that they’re under any kind of social pressure to accept - and thus critically appraise them, and especially to construct inferences and arguments of their own.
I received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1998, and a PhD from the University of Chicago in 2012. I was also a DAAD Fellow at the Universitaet Freiburg in Germany in 1998-99. My work has appeared in Essays in Philosophy, Teaching Philosophy, and Ethics. I have presented papers at the APA Eastern Division, Portland State University’s Socratic Society, and the Northwest Philosophy Conference. I have been a very happy member of the Lewis and Clark philosophy department since 2016.
I am currently working on a paper to be presented at Lewis and Clark’s philosophy colloquium in Fall 2020, arguing for skepticism about the prospect of “full automation” of labor under capitalism.

Academic Credentials

BA from Wesleyan University, 1998
PhD from the University of Chicago, 2012


Fall 2020 Courses:

PHIL 101: Logic
MWF 9:15-10:15

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

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 103: Ethics
MWF 11:40-12:40

Fundamental issues in moral philosophy and their application to contemporary life.

Prerequisites: None.


My research and teaching interests are in ethical theory, applied ethics, practical reason, deductive and inductive logic, Hegelian dialectics, Marx, philosophy of history, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of film.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall