Associate Professor of Philosophy
DegreesPHD, 2004, University of Minnesota; BA, 1996, Kenyon Coll
Christopher Eliot is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the adviser for Hofstra's interdisciplinary Minor in Philosophy of Science. He joined the Hofstra faculty in 2004. In 2009 he was a visiting fellow at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science in Australia. He has recently taught in the Philosophy and Biology Departments and in Hofstra's Honors College.
Dr. Eliot's research focuses on philosophical questions about ecology, the branch of biology concerned with the relationships among organisms and between organisms and their environments. This research is part of the discipline of Philosophy of Science, which investigates the nature of science—how science is justified, how it explains, what distinguishes it from non-science, and how scientific theories and ideas relate to our broader values and projects.
Beyond philosophy of science, Dr. Eliot has academic interests in environmental philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophical issues related to non-human animals, and the history of biology.
Among the courses Dr. Eliot has taught at Hofstra are: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Ornithology, Biology of Birds, Symbolic Logic, Scientific Reasoning, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of the Arts, Philosophical Ideas in Literature, Introduction to Ethics, and Introduction to Philosophy. He has several times recently co-taught the Honors College's introductory course, Culture & Expression.
Born in Washington, DC, Dr. Eliot enjoys seeing visual art and live music in New York City, as well as birding urban natural areas and learning the New York region's ecology. When possible, he tries to find places outdoors without cars where one can think.
Teaching InterestsPhilosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Art
Research InterestsPhilosophy of Science (Biology, Ecology), Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art
Recent Courses Taught
|BIO 217||BIOLOGY OF BIRDS||Graduate|
|HUHC 012||(BH) C&E SPR SOCIAL SCIENCES||Undergraduate|
|PHI 014||(HP) INTRO TO ETHICS I||Undergraduate|
|PHI 014F||(HP) PHI OF HLTH & WELLNESS||Undergraduate|
|PHI 154||INTRO-SYMBOLIC LOGIC||Undergraduate|
|PHI 161||(HP) PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE||Undergraduate|