EDUCATION

Fall 2015-Spring 2021

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

I have been pursuing my PhD at FSU for the last 4 years. In the spring of 2018 I acquired my MA by examination on the topic of Ethics and Natural Teleology. 
Also in the spring of 2018 I received FSU's graduate certificate in bioethics at the conclusion of course and thesis work.

Fall 2011-Fall 2014

WHEATON COLLEGE

I received my B.A. in Philosophy having graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Dept. Honors. My honors thesis was on action and axiology. 

 

EMPLOYMENT

Fall 2015-Present

GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING ASSISTANT, FSU

Spring 2018 & 19

PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENT COORDINATOR, FSU

August 2018-Present

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND CURRICULUM, VICTORY BRIEFS INSTITUTE

August 2016-August 2018

DIRECTOR OF LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE, VICTORY BRIEFS INSTITUTE

Fall 2014-August 2016

PHILOSOPHY CURRICULUM DIRECTOR, VICTORY BRIEFS INSTITUTE

August 2011-August 2015

SUMMER LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE INSTRUCTOR, VICTORY BRIEFS INSTITUTE

 

PHILOSOPHY TEACHING

COURSES TAUGHT

Spring 2019 | Introduction to Philosophy 
Fall 2018 | Introduction to Philosophy

COURSES T.A.ED FOR

Introduction to Philosophy, PHI 2010 (x3)
World Without God, IFS 2048
Ethical Issues and Life Choices, PHI 2630
Modern Philosophy, PHH 3400

 

RESEARCH

PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ethics and Philosophy of Action

SECONDARY RESEARCH INTERESTS

Philosophy of Education and Philosophy of Religion

PUBLICATIONS

"And All Shall Be Changed: Virtue in the New Creation", Forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion

  • Selected for the Marc Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion​​

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Fall 2018 | “Why Grownups are Boring: Is a Characteristically Human Life Possible for a Creature that Will Live Forever?”, 2016 Florida Philosophical Association Annual Conference
Fall 2017 | “USA vs. Narnia: A Base-Rate Problem for Fine-Tuning”, Florida Philosophical Association Annual Conference

WORKING PAPERS

An Hohfeldian Analysis of Forgiveness
A Merely Modern Dilemma (A defense of the Thomistic approach to ethical constraints)
A Base-Rate Problem for Fine-Tuning (Coauthoring with Piers Rawling)

GRADUATE COURSEWORK

Spring 2018 | Survey on Philosophy of Psychology (Schwenkler); Bioethics Capstone (Mahaffey); IS Political Philosophy of History (May); IS Designing Intro to Phil Courses (Mahaffey)

Fall 2017 | Self-Deception (Mele); Principlism in Bioethics (Mahaffey); IS Natural Teleology (Schwenkler); IS Teaching Philosophy (Mahaffey)

Spring 2017 | Methods of Inquiry in Aristotle (Stein); Core Course in Metaphysics and Epistemology (Kearns); Rights Theory (May); IS Philosophy of Religion & Poetry (McNaughton)


Fall 2016 | Modern Philosophy (Roberts); Practical Reasons (McNaughton & Rawling); Intention (Schwenkler)

Spring 2016 | Modern Logic 1 (Rawling); Core Course in Ethics (Lebar); Topics in Bioethics (Mahaffey)

Fall 2015 | Aspects of Agency (Mele); World Without God (McNaughton); Democratic Theory (May)

 

SERVICE

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

August 2017-Present | Pro Bono Director of the Victory Briefs Classroom Project
Fall 2017-Spring 2018 | President of the Philosophy Graduate Student Association                                                                                             
Fall 2016-Spring 2017 | Vice-President of the Philosophy Graduate Student Association
2018 | FSU Coordinator for the Joint UF/FSU Graduate Student Conference
2017 | FSU Coordinator for the Joint UF/FSU Graduate Student Conference

PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY

April 2018 | Argument Clinic Podcast on Egoism and Duties of Assistance
April 2017 | Words of Wisdom: From Sophistry to Skepticism, Vbriefly
March 2017 | Words of Wisdom: Plato Beyond the Platitudes, Vbriefly

 

SUPPLEMENTALS

AWARDS AND FUNDING

August 2018-May 2021 | Supplementary Departmental Fellowship ($2,000/Year)
Marc Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion (2019)
Fall 2015-Spring 2018 | Congress of Graduate Students Travel Funding (Approx. $800)

For more information, feel free to contact Marshall Thompson at mjt15c@my.fsu.edu