Instructor of Philosophy
Office: NH 049
Phone: 503 725 2689
After studying philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Brian completed his doctoral studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, under the supervision of the former academic assistant of Martin Heidegger. Following his return to Scotland to teach between 1998 and 2000, he held a tenured position as a philosophy lecturer at University College Dublin.
Since moving to Oregon in 2008 he has taught at various local universities and published two books: Constructing Community (Lexington, 2010) explores contemporary European philosophies of community and parallel practical approaches to urban design; Benjamin for Architects (Routledge, 2011) examines the contribution of the Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin to the discourse on modernist art and architecture.
Brian currently teaches a wide variety of courses at PSU including: environmental ethics, elementary ethics, philosophy of education, ancient philosophy, philosophy of art, and nineteenth-century philosophy. He is committed to the truly democratic and transformative potential of university education.
More details of Brian’s academic background and publications, including a full CV, are available at: http://pdx.academia.edu/BrianElliott.