Jay Odenbaugh

Professor of Philosophy

 “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.

Teaching

Spring 2022 Courses:

PHIL 215: Philosophy and the Environment
TTH 9:40-11:10am

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 313: Philosophy of the Mind
TTH 1:50-3:20pm

The mind-body problem, mental causation, consciousness, intentionality, the content of experience, internalism and externalism about content, perception.

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