Jason A. Beyer
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

jason_beyer@ivcc.edu
Email reminder: please let me know what class (and section) you are in

Office: A309    Office phone: 224-0583

B.S. in Philosophy and Psychology (both with honors), cum laude; University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 1995.
M.A. in Philosophy, magna cum laude; Loyola University of Chicago, 1998.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, magna cum laude; Loyola University of Chicago, 2003.

Specializations: Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Religion
Other Recent Areas of Study:
Critical Race Theory, Existentialism, Feminist Philosophy, Formation and Transmission of Western Scriptures, Marxist Philosophy, Nietzsche, Psychology of Human Judgment, Social/Political Philosophy, World Religions

 

Schedule and Office Hours for Spring 2018 Semester

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Comparative Religion
9:00-9:50
A331
  Comparative Religion
9:00-9:50
A331
  Comparative Religion
9:00-9:50
A331
office hours
10:00-10:50
Intro to Philosophy
9:30-10:45
A331
office hours
10:00-10:50
Intro to Philosophy
9:30-10:45
A331
office hours
10:00-10:50
Logic
11:00-11:50
A331
office hours
11:00-12:15
Logic
11:00-11:50
A331
office hours
11:00-12:15
Logic
11:00-11:50
A331
  Ethics
12:30-1:45
A331
  Ethics
12:30-1:45
A331
 
office hours
1:00-2:00
  office hours
1:00-2:00
  office hours
1:00-2:00
         
      office hours
6:00-6:30
 
      Ethics
6:30-9:15
A331
 

Other office hours, if needed, will be made by appointment

 

Course Information

Contains course description, syllabi for each section currently being offered (or recently offered), course assignments and recommended reading lists for each course.

PHL 1001  Introduction to Philosophy  
PHL 1002  Ethics PHL 1002-75  Honors Ethics
PHL 1003  Philosophy of Religion PHL 1013  Comparative Religion
PHL 1005  Logic  

 

Work Due (Spring Semester)

COURSE/SECTION ASSIGNED WORK DUE DATE
Intro to Philosophy    
Ethics TR    
Ethics R Evening Critical Reasoning assignment Thurs., Feb. 22nd
Logic    
Comparative Religion    
     

Upcoming Events

There will be a number of events scheduled for Black History Month sponsored by the Black Student Association and the IVCC Diversity Team.  Students in my classes can receive extra credit for attending any of the events besides the Soul Food Buffet.  The remaining events for BHM are:
     On Wednesday, Febraury 21st, the Black Student Organization will be hosting its annual group presentation Inspired By the Dream.  Current IVCC will be talking about their experiences and what Dr. King's dream means for them.  This will be held from 12-1 in CTC 124/5.
     On Monday, February 26th, there will be a panel presentation on Being Black in the Illinois Valley in room CTC 124/5 from 12-1.

On Tuesday, February 27th, College Democrats will be hosting the Democratic candidates for the 16th Congressional District in a candidate forum.  This will be held in CTC 124/5 from noon-1:30.

Announcements

Submissions for the 2018 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest are now open.  The student who best describes "How IVCC has changed my life" will win $300 and read their essay at the May 19 commencement.  All currently enrolled full- or part-time IVCC students are eligible and entries are judged on writing style, clarity of expression and relevancy to the topic with special emphasis on grammar and punctuation.  Essays must be 500 words or less and submitted as an attachment to Community_Relations@ivcc.edu.  The deadline for submissions is noon, Friday, March 23.  The winning essay will be forwarded to the ICCTA for consideration in the statewide contest. One essay from this pool will be chosen for the ICCTA's $500 stipend for fall 2018 for educational expenses.  Contact Fran Brolley at (815) 224-0466 for further information. 

 

Other Information and Links

Academic Vita (C.V) Recent Reads
   
In Memoriam Essential Reading for College Students
   
A Treasury of Ornery Philosophers Slavoj Zizek Quotes
Kurt Vonnegut Quotes Woody Allen Quotes
   
Fun Vocabulary Yiddish Vocabulary
   
The Onion The Babylon Bee (something like The Onion but from a religious perspective)
   
BigThink Article on Philosophers You Should Know  
Philosophy Links Psychology Links
Holocaust and Genocide Studies Links Links to Advocacy Groups
   
Politifact (an independent political fact-checker) Flack Check (an independent source revealing misuse of quotes and statistics by political candidates)
Factcheck (general fact-checking website) Snopes (another general fact-checking website)

last updated 2/15/18