My primary goal as a teacher is to convey to my students a deep understanding and appreciation of philosophy, as well as the application of philosophical methodology to other domains of enquiry. Whether I am teaching a lecture, a class or a tutorial, I like to emphasize how philosophical debates do not simply arise as abstract and technical exercises, but stem from important questions whose investigation is intrinsically valuable, and often weighs upon a set of scientific or ethical concerns.
During the academic year 2014-2015, I was appointed as a French lecteur at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. I taught 22 undergraduate students during weekly classes. This one-year appointment consolidated my skills in conceiving a balanced teaching programme at different levels – I was teaching first-year, second-year and fourth-year undergraduates – as well as evaluating students through examinations.
At the University of Oxford, I have taught tutorials and classes on the following subjects: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Knowledge and Reality, Early Modern Philosophy and General Philosophy. I have been employed as a philosophy tutor by Brasenose College, Harris Manchester College, Magdalen College, St Catherine's College, St Peter's College and Wadham College, where I have taught first-year, second-year and third-year undergraduates studying for the Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics track (PPL) and the Philosophy, Politics and Economics track (PPE).
The subjects I have taught most often at the University of Oxford are my areas of specialization, namely Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Cognitive Science. My Philosophy of Mind tutorials have focused on behaviourism, reductive physicalism, functionalism, substance and property dualism, consciousness, memory, and the problem of perception. My Philosophy of Cognitive Science tutorials have focused on Marr’s levels of analysis, computationalism, the language of thought hypothesis, connectionism, the science of consciousness, the modularity of mind, arguments from double dissociations in neuropsychology, and free will. Student evaluations and syllabi are available upon request.
In 2018, I was a guest lecturer and assessor for the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology module of the MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. I assessed graduate essays on consciousness, Marr’s levels of analysis, the modularity of mind, the language of thought hypothesis and moral psychology.
During the academic year 2018-2019, I will give a series of lectures on the philosophy of consciousness to undergraduates at the University of Oxford. The syllabus is available on request.
In addition to my teaching experience, I have completed the Developing Learning and Teaching seminar at the Oxford Learning Institute, an advanced programme for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers dedicated to evidence-based approaches to pedagogy in higher education. To complete this seminar, I have designed a portfolio outlining my teaching experience and values, which reflects upon core issues related to diversity, inclusivity, and ethical implications of teaching practice. This teaching portfolio is available upon request.