Joel Martinez

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy

John R. Howard Hall 231, MSC: 45

“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 PhD 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.

Academic Credentials

PhD 2006 University of Arizona, BA 1997 New Mexico State University

Teaching

Spring 2021 Courses:

CORE 121: Numbers
MWF 2:15-3:15pm

Numbers teaches students to interpret quantitative information presented in various forms and contexts; to understand the logical structure of quantitative arguments; and to use quantitative models, theories, and data to simplify, explain, and make predictions. Specific content and topics will vary with instructors.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 101: Logic
TTH 9:55-11:25am

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

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 301: Ancient Western Philosophy
TTH 11:45-1:15pm

The birth of philosophy against the background of mythic thought; its development from Socrates to the mature systems of Plato and Aristotle; their continuation and transformation in examples of Hellenistic thought.

Prerequisites: Any 100- or 200-level philosophy course.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

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.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall