Michael Koss received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Indiana University. His research focuses on the foundations of logic and mathematics, with special focus on constructive mathematical theories and intuitionistic logic. He is currently engaged in projects concerning applications of constructive mathematics in the natural sciences, disputes about fundamental logical principles, and the work of the mathematician L.E.J. Brouwer.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Indiana University, 2013
B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Michigan, 2006
PHI100: Introduction to Philosophy. This course will introduce students to philosophy via ex- aminations of a variety of philosophical questions and texts. Topics will include accounts of moral standards, God and religious belief, the ground of political obligation, the possibility of artificial intelligence, the status of scientific knowledge, and the value of philosophy. As many of the readings as possible will be drawn from seminal writings by philosophers of historical and contemporary significance. The course will also be devoted to cultivating students’ writing and writing skills, and special attention will be paid to these throughut the term.
PHI210: History of Ancient Philosophy. This course will introduce students to the central problems and themes discussed by ancient Greek philosophers from Thales to Aristotle (spanning roughly 550-322 BCE). The topics we will cover include the number and kinds of things that exist, the nature of change, the possibility of knowledge about the natural world, the relationship between knowledge and moral virtue, the possibility of human excellence, and the task of the philosopher.