CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017

Common Curriculum course for first-year students which introduces great works from Chinese, Greco-Roman, and Indian intellectual traditions up to the medieval period. Topics covered include what makes the good life, what it is to be human, what the self is or might be, how it is that we know, what constitutes good government.

Classical Indian Philosophy of Language (syllabus)
Among the major topics in linguistic analysis within the traditions of India, this course focuses on two questions: What is linguistic meaning? How do we understand what is meant? As the former question is embedded within the latter for Indian thinkers, we turn first to the epistemology of testimony in Nyāya and Mīmāṃsā, then to the question of what meaning(s) are primary, both in terms of words and sentences,  finally, we address meanings beyond primary: metaphor, bi-textuality (punning), and suggested meaning.

Semester 2:
Philosophy and Political Thought, Part 2 (syllabus)
Common Curriculum course for first-year students which introduces great works from Chinese, Greco-Roman, and Indian intellectual traditions beyond the medieval period to the modern day. Topics covered include what makes the good life, what it is to be human, what the self is or might be, how it is that we know, what constitutes good government.

Analogical Reasoning & Metaphor (syllabus)
Einstein imagines a beam of light as a train which he rides. Mengzi thinks of human virtues as growing sprouts. Why is this kind of reasoning so pervasive, and what does it mean to think with metaphor and analogy? Looking at Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophy, and contemporary Anglophone analytic philosophy, we will consider what metaphor and analogy are, their role in our thought, their relationship to culture and language and their importance in philosophical topics such ethics.

Details about my teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and pedagogical training are in my teaching statement below.
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Malcolm Keating,
Jun 22, 2016, 7:29 PM
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Malcolm Keating,
Dec 31, 2016, 7:18 PM
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Malcolm Keating,
Jun 15, 2016, 1:19 AM
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Malcolm Keating,
Jun 29, 2016, 8:03 PM
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Malcolm Keating,
Dec 5, 2016, 11:13 AM