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, M.A. 1996 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, BA 1994 Belmont University

Teaching

Fall 2021 Courses:

PHIL 203: Philosophy of Art & Beauty
TTH 9:40-11:10am

Theorizing about art. Puzzles in art that suggest the need to theorize; traditional discussions of art in Plato and Aristotle and critiques of them (Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Collingwood); critical perspectives on these discussions (Danto). Specific discussions of individual arts: literature, drama, film, music, dance, the plastic arts.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 315: Philosophy of Science
TTH 1:50-3:20pm

Issues concerning scientific knowledge and its epistemological and ontological implications from the perspective of history and practice of the natural sciences, such as explanation, testing, observation and theory, scientific change and progress, scientific realism, instrumentalism.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. PHIL 102 or one course in the history of philosophy sequence (PHIL 301 through PHIL 307) recommended. 

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

Research

Copenhaver, R. and Odenbaugh, J. (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