Worcester State University
Philosophy Department

Daniel C. Shartin

Daniel Shartin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), studying with Tyler Burge, David Kaplan and Montgomery Furth. His dissertation, Aristotle’s Theory of Substance and Essence in the Categories and Metaphysics Book Zeta, makes important contributions to the field of ancient philosophy. For a number of years he was coordinator of the Boston Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy, editing the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the Colloquium’s Proceedings. He has twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for the study of Aristotle and Biology, and a summer fellow at Dartmouth College’s Ethics Institute, studying the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project.

At Worcester State Dr. Shartin has served over the years on numerous committees, most notably chairing the Academic Policies Committee, the Committee of Department Chairs, the Organization and Governance NEASC Committee, and the President’s Forum on Liberal Learning as well as the Philosophy Department. He served on several search committees and on Advisory Committees for Ethnic Studies, Peace Studies, and Women’s Studies. He currently serves as a consultant on ethics for the Massachusetts Visiting Nurses Association.

Dr. Shartin regularly teaches a variety of classes, including Formal Logic, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind, and Critical Thinking. From time to time he has also taught special topic seminars for first year students as well as courses on the Human Genome Project (with members of the Biology Department) and on Ethical Problems in Healthcare Administration (in the College’s graduate program in healthcare administration). In his teaching, Dr. Shartin focuses on clarifying fundamental philosophical problems and on showing their relevance both for students who are not philosophy majors and for members of the broader intellectual community. He has been working on a series short papers aimed at helping to further these goals.

 Courses Taught:

PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy

LASC-Human Behavior and Social Processes

The fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.


PH 101 Ancient Western Philosophy

An introduction to fundamental topics in Western philosophy through works by philosophers, typically from Descartes through Kant.


PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800

LASC- Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Engages central topics of Western philosophy through study of important modern philosophers, typically from Descartes through Kant.


PH 110 Critical Thinking

Critical thinking through informal logical analysis of argument styles, including identification of fallacious arguments.


Ph 115 Logic 1

LASC-Quantitative Reasoning

A study of introductory symbolic(formal) logic course, covering sentential logic and the foundations of predicate logic.


PH 202 Selected Topic in 20th-21st Century Western Philosophy

LASC- Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Addresses a specific topic in 20th-21st century western philosophy. The topic will be indicated in each PH 202 registration listing.


PH 215 Logic 2

LASC-Quantitative Reasoning

Intermediate symbolic(formal) logic including multi-places predicates and identity.


PH 220 Philosophy of Mind

An investigation of the relationship between mental processes and physical states-and implications for such issues as personal identity and free will.


 PH 260 Philosophy of Science

LASC- Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Critically investigates such questions as: What distinguishes sciences from pseudo-sciences? When is a theory confirmed? What is a law of nature?


PH 261 Philosophy of Religion

Examination of the roles of faith and reason in beliefs concerning a deity and in such issues as the problem of evil.


PH 290 Advances Special Topics in Philosophy

A treatment of current or special topics for students beyond the introductory level.


PH 320 Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

Selected topics in theories of mind, language, and knowledge.


Contact Information
Office: S-316D
Phone: (508) 929-8841

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

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