Teaching is about creating the conditions for thinking to take place. As the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze wrote, “We are always forced to think. Thinking is like a shove in our back. Thought is neither pleasant nor desired.” Philosophy is a foreign way of thinking for most undergraduate students in America as it is not a required part of high school curriculum. Due to this foreign and often strange way of thinking, introducing philosophical ideas and theories to undergraduate students requires patience, passion and precision.
My courses aim to weave these three approaches together. My goal is to give students the proper time to explore ideas through lecture, small group work, reflection writing and through application of the ideas to popular culture and film.
Why do ideas matter? My own work beyond the boundaries of the university–through filmmaking, extensive public speaking and writing for popular and academic publications–provides a wide-ranging set of experiences from which I draw inspiration and examples. My teaching seeks to equip students with critical thinking skills that will last a lifetime. Students are challenged to engage primary philosophy texts and elaborate on the ways that arguments are formed and apply philosophical frameworks to real-world issues.
Introduction to Philosophy: Truth and Knowledge (200 level)
Ethical Theory (300 level)
Badiou and the Political Project of Psychoanalysis (Graduate Seminar)
Global Center for Advanced Studies
Areas of Teaching
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Islam
Contemporary Continental Thought
The Philosophy of Marx
Deleuze, Gilles Logic of Sense
Badiou, Alain Being and Event
Badiou, Alain Theory of the Subject
Iqbal, Muhammad Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam