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Christopher H. Eliot

Associate Professor of Philosophy


Degrees

PHD, 2004, University of Minnesota; BA, 1996, Kenyon Coll


Bio

Christopher Eliot is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the adviser for Hofstra's interdisciplinary Minor in Scientific Reasoning and Data Analysis. He joined the Hofstra faculty in 2004. He has recently taught in the Philosophy and Biology Departments and in Hofstra's Honors College. He was Hofstra's 2017 Mentor of the Year.

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.

In particular, Dr. Eliot has published about the concept of communities in ecology and on how it's possible to explain the dynamics of ecological communities despite their complexity and variability.

Born in Washington, DC, Dr. Eliot enjoys learning New York's ecology and its birds.


Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Science, Logic, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Art

Research Interests

Philosophy of Science (especially Biology, Ecology), Environmental Philosophy

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 108 ORNITHOLOGY Undergraduate
BIO 217 BIOLOGY OF BIRDS Graduate
GEOL 143N GEOL FIELD ANALYSIS: GALAPAGOS Undergraduate
PHI 010 (HP) INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY Undergraduate
PHI 014 (HP) INTRO TO ETHICS I Undergraduate
PHI 051B PHIL EXPLRTNS CALLING BULLSH*T Undergraduate
PHI 101 (HP)ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENTALISM Undergraduate
PHI 162 (HP) PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY Undergraduate
PHI 181L ADVANCED LOGIC Undergraduate
PHI 193 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
PHI 2101 (HP)ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENTALISM Graduate
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