My primary goals as a teacher are to teach skills that students can use in their careers and everyday lives to make them successful and to instill in them love for intellectual challenge. Philosophy is well-suited to provide students with such skills. It is vital in teaching students to reflect on their beliefs, assess their foundation, and identify good and bad reasons for holding them. This process enriches and deepens the students’ understanding of the issues at hand, and occasionally even calls for a revision of their beliefs in light of newly discovered reasons. To an entrepreneur, a nurse, or a cook, no less than an academic, the ability to think critically and clearly is indispensable.
Philosophy of Race (graduate seminar)