Andrew Ball. Lecturer
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Humanities Building 421
(205) 934-8798

Research and Teaching Interests: Epistemology, Formal and Informal Logic, Ancient Philosophy (especially Aristotle), Philosophy of Science

Office Hours: M/W/F 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and by appointment

Education:
  • BA, University of Detroit, Philosophy
  • MA, University of Windsor, Philosophy
  • PhD, University of Alberta, Philosophy

Philosophy has the tendency to change you. This is one of the things I absolutely love about it. It forces you to form a position about a question — anything from ‘what are the assumptions that underlie the scientific method?’ to ‘does human free will exist?’ to ‘what is the best way to structure a government?’ — and then challenges that position from many different angles, refining it more and more along the way. I can’t think of any other discipline that does this in such a fun and rigorous way.

There are so many areas in philosophy that fascinate me. In grad school I focused on informal logic and epistemology. Informal logic studies the kind of reasoning and argumentation that the normal everyday person uses. Epistemology tries to define and understand what ‘knowledge’ is and how it is achieved. One of my favorite parts of being at UAB is that I get to teach Practical Reasoning (PHL 120), a course that combines these two areas. It challenges students to think about how they think, and equips them with skills for successful reasoning (which is really handy when they take exams like the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE) and effective arguing (which, unfortunately, makes some of their friends hate them and me).

I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan and grew up in a family of autoworkers. I’m a die-hard Tigers and Red Wings fan (which explains why I’m more stressed out during playoff season), and every now and then I catch myself playing a banjo for fun.

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  • PHL 120: Practical Reasoning
  • Are Fallacies Vices?TOPOI: An International Journal of Philosophy (2015).
  • Profiles of “William Aberhart,” “Allan Garber,” “Jon Faulds,” “Sandra Anderson,” “David King,” “Ralph Klein,” “Charles Kirk Clarke,” “Clarence Farrar,” and “Herbert Bruce” for the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada (online history resource) (2014).
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Canadian Philosophical Association
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Alberta, 2015
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR), University of Windsor, 2011
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