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Jay Odenbaugh

Associate Professor of Philosophy

J.R. Howard Hall

 “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 


Spring 2020 Courses:

Leading an overseas trip to New Zealand. 


“True Lies: Robustness, Realism, and Models,” Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.
“Buyer’s Beware: Robustness Analyses in Economics and Biology” (with Anna Alexandrova) Biologyand Philosophy, forthcoming.
“Consensus, Climate, and Contrarians” Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, forthcoming.
“This American Life,” Ethics, Policy & Environment, Vol. 13, Issue 4, forthcoming.

Academic Credentials

PhD 2001 University of Calgary, M.A. 1996 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, BA 1994 Belmont University

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Jay Odenbaugh Associate Professor of Philosophy

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