Lou Matz

Matz, Lou

Room 207
Wendell Phillips Center
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PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1992

BA, University of the Redlands, 1984

Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Interests

Make philosophy relevant to students' lives so that they want to learn more, engage in deeper levels of self-reflection and reflection on their social and political world, and make the world a better place; use interactive teaching methods and humor to make student learning memorable; design intellectually rigorous courses and assignments so that students develop higher order critical thinking, writing, and reading skills; connect personally with students so that they know I care about their learning and personal development; and continue my own learning and improvement of teaching.

Research Focus

My main research area over the past several years has been on the 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill and his philosophy of religion, which has been a neglected aspect of his influential thought and which is very relevant today in the debate about the value of religion. After my twelve years in full-time academic administration, I now plan to turn my scholarly attention to the philosophy of sport.