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Timothy Houk

Education

  • PhD Candidate, Philosophy, UC Davis
  • MA, Philosophy of Religion & Ethics, Biola University
  • BA, Philosophy, California State University, Sacramento

About

Areas of Interest

Applied Ethics, Normative Ethics, Epistemology

Publications

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

Teaching Experience

Course Instructor

University of California, Davis
1. History of Ethics*
2. Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society
3. Critical Reasoning

California State University, Sacramento
4. Introduction to Ethics

Sierra College - Rocklin, CA
5. Introduction to Ethics

William Jessup University - Rocklin, CA
6. Introduction to Philosophy

Teaching Assistant

University of California, Davis
1. Philosophy of Law
2. Bioethics
3. Foundations of Bioethics (UCD School of Medicine)
4. Introduction to Cognitive Science
5. Introduction to Philosophy
6. Ancient Philosophy
7. Philosophy of Religion
8. Metaphysics

Biola University - La Mirada, CA
9. Ethical Issues
10. Metaphysics
11. Epistemology
12. Theology, Art, and Understanding

Conference Presentations

2016 – “Nudging Doesn’t Threaten Rationality,” Colloquium, American Philosophical Association Pacific Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

2015 – “Manipulated into Happiness,” Spring Nammour Symposium on Happiness, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, CSU Sacramento

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

2014 – “Solving Russell’s Transitivity Problem,” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, University of British Columbia

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

2014 – “Deliberation, Transparency, and the Aim of Belief,” 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 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? Solving The Too-Many-Thinkers Problem,” Graduate Conference on Personhood, University of California Santa Barbara

Research Focus