Colin Patrick

Colin Patrick

Visiting Assistant Professor

John R. Howard Hall 232, MSC: 45

In my view philosophy is not only a body

Academic Credentials

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

Teaching

Fall 2022 Courses:

PHIL 103: Ethics
MWF 10:20am-11:20am

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

Prerequisites: None

PHIL 217: Science, Politics & Soc. Just.
MWF 9:10am-10:10am

This course critically examines how the sciences inform social practices and policies, impact human well-being, support – or threaten – democratic institutions, and the ways they are shaped by the socio-economic world in which they are embedded, both historically and today. Topics will include the origins of western scientific method and its connection(s) to capitalism; the similarities and differences between western and Indigenous epistemologies and methods – and the implications for how we frame current Indigenous struggles; the concept of evidence-based public policy; climate change and migration; poverty; forestry and land use; the politics of cartography; border patrolling and surveillance in the interest of public health; and the scientific merit – or otherwise – of sociobiology and genetic determinism about intelligence, race, gender, and social hierarchies.

Prerequisites: None.

Research

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