Greetings! Welcome to my webpage. Academic profile pages usually emphasize titles, degrees, research profiles etc.
So: I am an associate professor and department chair; I have an Ivy League P.h.D. from the University of Pennsylvania; I am a scholar of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Cambridge University Press published my book Plotinus on Consciousness in Spring 2018. Reviews can be found in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the Notre Dame Philosophical Review, and the International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.
Of equal importance is my background and pedagogy. I am Mexican-American and I am a first-generation college student. I am committed to the value of cross-cultural philosophy, not limiting myself to the intuitions and methodologies of one culture but learning from a plurality of cultures for insight into philosophical problems. I have developed and taught a new course entitled Confucius, Buddha, and Socrates that brings together my teaching interests in both "Western" and "Eastern" philosophy. At the same time, I am equally committed to the idea that a liberal arts education is one that produces free thinkers (artes = arts or skills, liberales = related to freedom or befitting a free person) and that this involves the cultivation of intellectual virtues, such as wisdom (phronēsis in the Platonic-Aristotelian tradition) and empathy (shu in the Confucian tradition), in the context of a free exchange of ideas.
I am also a life-long practitioner of martial arts. I hold black belts in judo and jiu jitsu, and a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. I have combined my love of cross-cultural philosophy and martial arts in a course I teach nearly every Interim, Zen and the Art of Judo (see video below). When I am not philosophizing at my desk or in the classroom, I am philosophizing on the mat during practice.
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