Instructor of Philosophy
Office: NH M424
SPRING Office Hours:
TR 0900-0945; and by appointment
Dr. Peter Boghossian’s main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Peter has a teaching pedigree spanning more than 20 years and 30 thousand students--in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, seminaries, colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, and small businesses. His fundamental objective is to teach people how to think through what often seem to be intractable problems.
Peter’s primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. His doctoral research studies, funded by the State of Oregon and supported by the Oregon Department of Corrections, consisted of using the Socratic method to help prison inmates to increase their critical thinking and moral reasoning abilities and to increase their desistance to criminal behavior.
Peter’s publications can be found in Diálogos, The Philosopher’s Magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, Education Policy Analysis Archives, The Clearing House: Educational Research Controversy and Practices, The Radical Academy, Offender Programs Report, Teaching Philosophy, Corrections Today, Informal Logic, The Skeptic, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Inside Higher Ed, Essays in Philosophy, Federal Probation Journal, and the Journal of Correctional Education. If you’d like to learn more about his scholarship, his podcast interview with Philosophy News http://www.philosophynews.com/post/2011/12/05/Interview-with-Peter-Boghossian.aspx is a great place to start.
His work has been noted by The Huffington Post, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, The Center for Inquiry, The James Randi Educational Foundation, and other media outlets; he was an invited guest on the Lars Larson Show, interviewed for the cover story of the Mercury, and advocated via social media by the Executive Director of the Skeptic Society, Michael Shermer, and bestselling author and head of Project Reason, Sam Harris.
Peter was a Councilman for the State of Oregon (LSTA), an advisor to Sockeye Magazine and The Weekly Alibi, wrote national philosophy curricula for the University of Phoenix, and was a research fellow for the National Center for Teaching and Learning. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Prison Advisory Committee for Columbia River Correctional Institution, teaches Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience, the Philosophy of Education, and Atheism at Portland State University, is an Affiliate Research Assistant Professor Oregon Health Science University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, is Co-Director and Co-Founder (with Dr. Randy Blazak) of PSU’s Center for Correction’s Research, and a speaker for the Center for Inquiry http://www.centerforinquiry.net/speakers/boghossian_peter.
When he’s not working, Peter spends time with his family, practices jiu jutsu, watches science fiction movies and television (Stargate Universe, Battlestar Galactica, Misfits, Fringe), and plays computer games (Star Craft 2, Fallout 3, Skyrim, Diablo III).
You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterboghossian. If you want to join Peter’s mailing list and learn about his upcoming public lectures and debates, from your mobile phone text “DELUSION” + your email address to 22333, or enter your email address on the bottom right of this page: http://philosophynews.com/peterboghossian.