Courses Taught at Wittenberg
My Teaching Philosophy
My primary role as a teacher is to create a space for fluid learning in a dynamic and democratized environment. As with any sound democratic environment, it allows each component to flourish and no one person, not even the teacher, controls the flow of ideas or climate of cerebral cognition. I am like a symphony conductor who attempts to highlight the best of all participants while serving as a facilitator or ideas (or intellectual music). Additionally, it is crucial to help students think critically and insightfully. I push and push until it hurts, then reel them back in with empathy and respect. This approach has mandated that I become transparent in the classroom and highlight my shortcomings, misgivings, fears, and tendencies while admitting my room for growth to the students that I am facilitating.
Doc's Favorite Classroom Quotes
A philosopher's work is both omni-present and unceasing. As we continue to run this rat-race called life, someone needs to make sense of the labyrinth, or create more confusing pathways to become lost in. Sometimes, like the rapper, Gorilla Zoe, "I think I'm losing it". But sanity is over-rated when one, in the existentialist words of Eminem, must "lose oneself in the moment" cause I OWN it, and MUST never let it go. Accordingly you will catch me teaching courses that uses philosophical tools to address Popular Culture, Literature, Drama, History, Education and Religion.
My mission is to make philosophy both palpable and attainable while being feared and avoided for the weak-spirited. Truth is a dangerous gift to receive, we all are not prepared to "handle the truth".
My teaching pedagogy is to challenge folk to be true to oneself and push to the brink of destruction. Destruction breeds life, and often better than the one before....So if you come sit with me I ask you 2 questions....What are you willing to Die For? And are you Ready To Die?