About Kamran

I have been teaching philosophy at Harold Washington College since 2007. A few years before that, I was a machine gunner in the United States Marine Corps.

In selecting texts for my courses, my general strategy is to choose great and serious philosophical texts that are concerned with the problems my students are concerned about. I am not training my students to become scholars of philosophy, but rather seek to enable them to utilize philosophy in whatever path of life they choose to pursue.

I regularly teach the following courses:

Phil 107: Ethics: I prefer to take a great-books approach by focusing our time on four fundamental texts that deal with ethics as a problem of character, value, knowledge, the passions, and choice. These texts are Confucius‘s Analects, Plato’s Republic, Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals, and Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics. 

Humanities 207: Great Books: I utilize the Reacting to the Past gaming pedagogy.

Phil 202: Enlightenment to the Present 1950ish: More or less a traditional history of philosophy class. However, I seek to emphasize the critiques of belief, knowledge, and the utterly devastating critiques against common notions and common sense delivered by the great philosophers Descartes, Spinoza, Bacon, Locke, Hume, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Pierce, and others.

Phil 108: Philosophy of Religion:  This is a work in progress. I strive to select texts that challenge views of god held by theists, agnostics, and atheists. Sections of Pascal’s Pensees, but rarely “the Wager.” Whatever Kierkegaard I can halfway understand, and as much William James as I can justify. Some Nietzsche. I need to find similar Muslim, Judaic, Hindu, and Buddhist texts.

One Response to “About Kamran”

  1. Please see my thoughts on your “Mind” page… Garrett

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