BA, Brigham Young University;
MA, George Washington University
Area of Specialization: Phenomenology and Philosophy of Perception
Areas of Concentration: Philosophy of Language, Environmental Ethics, Political Philosophy, Existentialism
James Olsen has been a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar since Fall 2011. Coming to Georgetown following a MA degree in International Affairs from George Washington University he has maintained an interest in political philosophy though his primary focus now concerns issues in contemporary phenomenology and philosophy of perception.
His dissertation is entitled “Mind, Body, and World: Resolving the Dreyfus-McDowell Debate” and is being written under the direction of William Blattner (chair), Mark Lance, and Mark Wrathall (UC Riverside). He argues for a phenomenologically sensitive form of conceptualism in human perception and experience, one that recognizes the intimate connection between our skillful practices, unreflective social norms, and conceptual capacities. Out of these arguments James is working on several separate but related papers that challenge the cognitive bias in the contemporary debate over nonconceptual content, explore the irreducibly multi-modal and skillful nature of human perception, and seek to clarify the relationship between sensori-motor or motor-intentional experience and language.
James is also very interested in issues of moral considerability and stewardship in environmental ethics. Drawing on both of his graduate degrees, he recently designed and taught an interdisciplinary course in environmental ethics, politics, and policy. Additionally he has taught courses in global justice, the history of philosophy, and normative ethics.
- Professor Henry Richardson elected to lead HDCA
- Professor Nancy Sherman participates in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's Discussion
- Professor Henninger's translation of Amerini's "Aquinas" Released
- Professor Nancy Sherman Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship
- Georgetown Graduate Matthew Rellihan Receives Tenure at Seattle University
- Mar 21, All day: Graduate Admissions Open House
- Mar 28, 3pm-5pm: Lecture Series: Mary Domski
- Apr 25, All day: Symposium: Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism