Jay Odenbaugh

Professor of Philosophy

John R. Howard Hall 230, MSC: 45

 “Philosophy in its best moments is about instilling intellectual accountability. As William James noted, ‘a great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.’ To understand our beliefs and values is important not only for intellectual reasons but for deeply practical reasons. Beliefs and values have effects — some beneficial and some not. It thus is of profound importance to be responsible for one’s view of the world and my teaching is first and foremost an attempt to bring students to understand and respect that responsibility.”

I graduated with a PhD in philosophy from the University of Calgary in 2001. My research interests include the history and philosophy of science (especially ecology and evolution), metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. In the history of philosophy, I am especially fascinated by the American pragmatists and their descendants.

Besides philosophy, I enjoy reading about about art and art history, rock climbing, hiking, cycling, and playing 

Academic Credentials

PhD 2002 University of Calgary, MA 1996 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, BA 1994 Belmont University

Teaching

Spring 2021 Courses:

PHIL 215: Philosophy and the Environment
TTH 9:55-11:25am

Investigation of philosophical questions about our relationship to the environment. Topics include the value of individual organisms, species, ecosystems; the concepts of wildness and wilderness; aesthetics of natural environments; and the relationship between ecological science and environmental policy.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 453: Phil Study: Climate Change
TTH 2:15-3:45pm

Advanced study of topics covered in 300-level themes in philosophy courses, in areas other than value theory. May be repeated with change of topic.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. One 300-level philosophy course.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

Research

Copenhaver, R. and J. Odenbaugh (2020). Experiencing emotions. In D. E. Gatzia and B. Brogaard (Eds.), The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception, pp. 213–235. Oxford University Press.

Griffiths, P. and Odenbaugh, H. (2020). Philosophy of biology. Stanford encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Odenbaugh, J. (2020) Conservation biology. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Odenbaugh, J. (2019). Ecological Models. Cambridge University Press.

Odenbaugh, J. (2018). Building trust, removing doubt? Robustness analysis and climate modeling. In Climate Modelling (pp. 297-321). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Odenbaugh, J. (2018). Models, models, models: a deflationary view. Synthese, 1-16.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall