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Timothy Houk

Timothy Houk

PhD Candidate

Graduate Student Instructor

Teaching Assistant

Office: Social Sciences and Humanities 237

Education:

  1. MA, Philosophy, University of California, Davis
  2. MA, Philosophy of Religion & Ethics, Biola University
  3. BA, Philosophy, California State University, Sacramento

Biography:

Areas of Interest

Ethics (including normative and bioethics), Public Policy, Epistemology

Teaching Experience

Course Taught:
 • History of Ethics
 • Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society
 • Introduction to Ethics
 • Critical Reasoning
 • Introduction to Philosophy

Courses Assisted:
 • Bioethics
 • Ethical Issues
 • Philosophy of Law
 • Epistemology
 • 
Metaphysics
 • Ancient Philosophy
 • Philosophy of Religion
 • Introduction to Philosophy 
 • Theology, Art, & Understanding

Publications

2016 – "Smoke and Mirrors: Subverting Rationality, Positive Freedom, and Their Relevance to Nudging and Smoking Policies,” with Russell DiSilvestro and Mark Jensen, American Journal of Bioethics, 16(7):20-22.

Conference Presentations

2016 – “Nudging Doesn't Threaten Rationality”
            American Philosophical Association Pacific Meeting
            San Francisco, CA

2016 – “Solving Russell's Transitivity Problem”
            Bertrand Russell Society, American Philosophical Association Central Meeting
            Chicago, IL

2016 – “If Responsibility is Compatible with Determinism, It’s Compatible with Indeterminism”
            Conference on Agency, Causality, and Free Will
            Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia

2015 – “Nudged and Rational”
           Fall Ethics Symposium on Nudging 
           The Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, CSU Sacramento

2015 – “Manipulation Always Threatens Rationality” 
            Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Poster Presentation
            University of Colorado Boulder

2015 – “Indeterminate Propositions: A Solution to Benacerraf-Style Problems”
            Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference in Philosophy
            Stanford University 

2015 – “Manipulated into Happiness”
            Spring Nammour Symposium on Happiness
            California State University, Sacramento

2014 – “Solving Russell's Transitivity Problem”
            Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Division Meeting
            Niagara University

2014 – “Solving Russell's Transitivity Problem”
            Western Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Meeting
            University of British Columbia

2014 – “If Responsibility is Compatible with Determinism, It’s Compatible with Indeterminism”
            The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics Conference on Free Will
            University of Michigan, Flint

2014 – “Deliberation, Transparency, and the Aim of Belief: A Solution to Shah’s Teleologist Dilemma”
            Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference (accepted, unable to present)
            University of Edinburgh

2013 – “How (Not) to Solve the Libertarian Luck Problem”
            Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Division Meeting
            University of South Florida

2013 – “How (Not) to Solve the Libertarian Luck Problem”
            Talbot Philosophical Society Graduate Conference
            Biola University

2013 – “Can I Know I’m Not an Animal? Why the Too-Many-Thinkers Problem is No Problem”
            Personhood, Place, and Possession Graduate Conference 
            University of California, Santa Barbara

Comments and Panels:
2015 – Panelist on Gerald Dworkin's "Nudge? Nudge? Think. Think"
            Ethics Symposium, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, CSU Sacramento

2015 – Panelist on Dan Haybron's "Choice Architecture and Lifestyle Infrastructure"
            Ethics Symposium, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, CSU Sacramento

2015 – Panelist on Moti Gorin's "Much Ado About Nudging"
            Ethics Symposium, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, CSU Sacramento

2015 – Comments on Daniel Wodak's “Does the State Lack Standing?"
            Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado Boulder

2014 – Comments on Caroline Arruda’s “Shared Intention and Reasons For Action”
            American Philosophical Association, Pacific Meeting

2013 – Panelist Commentator for John Milliken’s “Social Accounts of Obligation”
            CSU Sacramento, Center for Practical & Professional Ethics, Spring Symposium

2013 – Panelist Commentator for Mark Jensen’s “On the Impossibility of a Leaderless Group”
            CSU Sacramento, Center for Practical & Professional Ethics, Spring Symposium

2013 – Comments on Melissa Fusco’s “Nonfactuals and Semantics of ‘Whether’-Ascriptions”
            Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference

2010 – Comments on Robert Hirsch’s “The Price is Wrong: An Objection to Neo-Fregean Logicism”
            Talbot Philosophical Society Graduate Conference

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