Jason A. Beyer
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

jason_beyer@ivcc.edu
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Office: A309    Office phone: 224-0583

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

Specializations: Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Religion
Other Areas of Research and Interest:
Critical Race Theory, Ethical Theory, Existentialism, Feminist Philosophy, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Sexuality, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Philosophy of Mind/Philosophical Psychology, Psychology of Human Judgment, Social/Political Philosophy, World Religions

 

Schedule and Office Hours for Spring 2015 Semester
 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  8:30-9:15
Ottawa Cr. office hours
  8:30-9:15
Ottawa Cr. office hours
 
9:00-9:50
Comparative Religions
A331
9:30-10:45
Ethics
OTTC 104
9:00-9:50
Comparative Religions
A331
9:30-10:45
Ethics
OTTC 104
9:00-9:50
Comparative Religions
A331
10:00-10:50
office hours
  10:00-10:50
office hours
  10:00-10:50
office hours
11:00-11:50
Logic
A331
11:30-12:15
office hours
11:00-11:50
Logic
A331
11:30-12:15
office hours
11:00-11:50
Logic
A331
  12:30-1:45
Intro. to Philosophy
A331
  12:30-1:45
Intro. to Philosophy
A331
 
1:00-2:00
office hours
  1:00-2:00
office hours
  1:00-2:00
office hours
         
      6:00-6:30
office hours
 
      6:30-9:15
Intro. to Philosophy
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 2015 Semester)

COURSE/SECTION ASSIGNED WORK DUE DATE
Comparative Religion    
Logic    
Ethics Relativism case analysis
Relativism assignment
Tues., Mar. 17th
Thurs., Mar. 19th
Intro. to Philosophy TR    
Intro. to Philosophy R evening    
     

Upcoming Events

In our main event for Women's History Month, internationally acclaimed human rights activist Jimmie Briggs , founder of the women's rights organization Man-Up (which seeks to end violence against women), will be speaking on Monday, March 16th about empowering men to empower women.  He will be presenting at noon in the Cultural Center.  Students in my classes can receive extra credit for attending. 
There are also a number of events planned for Women's History Month by the Gender Studies program.  Students in my classes can receive extra credit for attending any of these programs.  The remaining programs are:
          On Wednesday, March 18th, two I.V.C.C. professors, Sur Caley-Opsal and Koshu Jagasia, will be discussing some recent findings on learning in male and female college students.  This will be held in C316 from 12-1.        
          On Thursday, March 19th, political science professor Amanda Cook-Fesperman will be doing the first of her two presentations on women in the Civil War, "Women in the Union Army".  This will be held from 12:30-1 in C316.
          On Wednesday, March 25th, psychology professor Betsy Klopcic will be presenting on Mary Todd Lincoln, with a focus on her time in Bellevue Place asylum in Batavia.  This will be held in CTC124 from 12-1.
          On Thursday, March 26th, Psychology Club and SAGE will be co-sponsoring a panel discussion "Vagina Dialogue" on women, sexism and power from a multidisciplinary point of view.  The program will run from noon-1 in C316.
          On Monday, March 30th, Sigma Kappa Delta will be hosting a debate and discussion of women in fantasy fiction, "Fantastic Feminism".  This will be held from 12-1 in C316.
          On Tuesday, March 31st, professor Cook-Fesperman will be giving her second presentation on Women in the Civil War, "Female Confederate Spies".  This will be held in CTC125 from 12-1.

Announcements

IN MEMORY: CONNIE SKERSTON

Connie was  a friend to everyone she met, and was one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic people one could ever hope to meet.  She will be much missed by all of us here in the I.V.C.C. community.

Entries are currently being accepted for the Women's History Month Art and Writing Contest.  Entries should be submitted to either Kim Radek or Delores Robinson by noon on Monday, March 16th.  Winners will receive a prize and will have their work presented/read at a program on March 30th.

The I.V.C.C. Foundation Office is accepting entries for the Paul Simon Essay Contest.  Entries should be on the subject of how community college has changed one's life.  Each community college in the state will choose one essay as its representative; the winner will receive $300 and will read their essay at the 2105 commencement ceremony.  In addition, they will be entered in a statewide competition for a $500 winning prize.  Official entry information can be picked up in Community Relations (C202).  Entries must be emailed to Fran Brolley by noon on Thursday, March 19th.

 

Other Information and Links

Academic Vita (C.V) Recent Reads
   
In Memoriam  
   
Essential Readings for College Students A Treasury of Ornery Philosophers
Kurt Vonnegut Quotes Woody Allen Quotes
   
Fun Vocabulary Yiddish Vocabulary
   
The Onion  
   
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)

last updated 3/6/15