Aristotle's Notion of Teaching and Its Role in His Theory of Moral Education

Aristotle says that intellectual virtues are “generated and developed mostly by teaching,” yet no substantive work has been done to figure out what, on Aristotle’s view, such ‘teaching’ consists of. My dissertation fills this gap. First, I defend my interpretation: for Aristotle, teaching is the activity of instilling true accounts, grounded in explanatorily basic principles, in students ready to receive them. I then use this reading to argue, against some prevailing views in Aristotle’s ethics, that (1) habituation does not require teaching, and (2) Aristotle’s practically wise person possesses a philosophical conception of the human good. Finally, I use my interpretation to solve a problem for Aristotelian educational theory. I argue that Aristotle's educational program, contrary to what critics have claimed, does not rob students of their autonomy.

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"Dewey, Aristotle, & Education as Completion" Philosophy of Education 2018 (1): 669-682

I enlist Dewey’s help to reveal the philosophical conceptions of education that underlie traditionalism and progressivism—the two models of education that have governed pedagogical thinking for nearly a century. Dewey ties traditionalism to education as formation and progressivism to education as development. I argue that Dewey’s division establishes a false dichotomy and that Aristotle’s program of education, which I call education as completion, combines aspects of both models to provide a path for educational theory to avoid the pitfalls of both traditionalism and progressivism. I then defend my interpretation of Aristotle's paradigm against Dewey's objections to education as unfolding—a similar model of education that Dewey criticizes.

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Recent & Upcoming Presentations

  • "Teaching Responsible Computing: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (Panelist) 
    Mozilla Festival 2022 (March 2022)
  • “Teaching Ethical and Humanistic Thinking in Computer Science” (Panelist)
    Canadian Philosophical Association Congress 2022 (May 2022)
  • "In Search of A Third Myth About AI" 
    Harvard/MIT Conference on Ethical Issues in AI & Computing (June 2022)

  • "Developing Moral Agency in an Ethics of Emerging Technologies Course: Measuring Student Growth" 48th Association for Moral Education Conference -- Moral Development and Moral Education in Global Transition (July 2022)