Dr. Matthew Brophy | email@example.com
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Assistant Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
PhD in Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Ethical Theory & Philosophy of Science
MA in Philosophy, California State University Long Beach, Philosophy of Science
BA double-major in English and Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara
Areas of specialization:
Philosophy of Science
Business Ethics (including Honors, and Service Learning sections)
Science Fiction and Philosophy
I never meant to be a philosopher. As an aimless college student, I was simply intrigued by the big questions: about life, existence and meaning. Philosophy classes nurtured my inquisitive mind. After college, I landed a business consulting job – thanks to my Philosophy degree – with a Fortune 500 company. Though a promising career path beckoned, my thirst for knowledge motivated me to pursue graduate school instead.
In graduate school, I studied the philosophy of science, and moral philosophy, merging the two in my dissertation. I also had the fortune of working with Norman Bowie, a pioneer of business ethics, who inspired me to specialize in the field.
Science Fiction and Philosophy is a seminar I love to teach, in which first-year students are introduced to philosophical ideas through the science fiction lens of short stories, films, games, etc.
My publications include essays in Pop Culture & Philosophy volumes, such as Inception and Philosophy. Avatar and Philosophy, Ender’s Game and Philosophy (pending). My business ethics publications include “Bumfights and Care Ethics” and “Spirituality Incorporated: Including Spirituality in Business” (pending).
I feel fortunate to work at HPU, among stellar faculty, in an academy committed to 21st century education.