• Daniel C. Shartin

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    Office S-316D
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
    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 NECHE (formerly 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
    • PH 101 Ancient Western Philosophy
    • PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800
    • PH 110 Critical Thinking
    • PH 115 Logic 1
    • PH 202 Selected Topic in 20th-21st Century Western Philosophy
    • PH 215 Logic 2
    • PH 220 Philosophy of Mind
    • PH 260 Philosophy of Science
    • PH 261 Philosophy of Religion
    • PH 290 Advances Special Topics in Philosophy
    • PH 320 Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology  
    Honors and Grants