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Diduch, Paul Jordan Instructor

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Research

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  • Dr. Diduch's research is focused on issues in ancient Greek political philosophy, in addition to questions in epistemology and ethics. Dr. Diduch has published on Plato's Crito and Thucydides' History, and is currently working on a paper on Plato's Meno, which explores the pedagogic relationship between problems in moral philosophy and problems in epistemology (specifically, the problem of epistemic circularity). This paper has already received high praise for its novel argument linking the problems of virtue and knowledge together as matters of Socratic pedagogic priority. Dr. Diduch is also interested in relating current issues in epistemology, especially evolutionary epistemology, to Socratic philosophy and ancient Skepticism. Dr. Diduch has recently published an edited volume on the question of Socrates' philosophic philanthropy; and his long-term research goals include a book manuscript on Socrates' critique of ancient science.

keywords

  • philosophy, ancient philosophy, ancient political thought, Plato, Aristotle, history of political thought, science studies, moral and philosophical implications of modern science, philosophy of science, Darwinism, scientism, philosophical assumptions and implications of contemporary psychology and cognitive science,

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Teaching

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  • HUEN 1010 - Humanities for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Explores a wide variety of challenging and interesting humanistic themes (love, responsibility, ambition, etc.) in many forms (fiction, philosophy, plays, poetry, art, music, etc.). In small discussion-based classes, emphasizes the writing, public speaking and critical thinking skills needed to excel as a professional engineer. Fulfills College of Engineering writing requirement for first-year freshmen only.
  • HUEN 2210 - Engineering, Science, and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores challenges that engineering and science pose for society plus the ways that societies shape or impede science and engineering. Case studies range from contemporary issues (global warming, nuclear weapons, and genetic engineering) to classic cases (the execution of Socrates). Core texts in the Western Tradition supplement contemporary articles and films.
  • HUEN 3100 - Advanced Humanities for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Explores what it means to be a fully human being:�through group discussion, closely examines individual works of culturally and historically significant philosophy, literature and art.�Includes extensive writing. Fulfills the College of Engineering & Applied Science writing requirement.�Department prerequisite: a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • HUEN 3843 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores different important themes in the humanities, check with department for specific semester topics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HUEN 4830 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores different important themes in the humanities; check with department for specific semester topics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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International Activities

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