Faculty | Professor

Robert Sinclair

from Canada

Message to students
There are two main factors that motivate my teaching in philosophy. The first is a general enthusiasm for the discipline itself, where this includes the issues found in the history of Western philosophy, as well as the processes of inquiry, interpretation, and criticism through which these issues are approached. The second is my belief that our society needs citizens that do not rest with their first reactions to issues and problems, but who think more imaginatively, creatively and critically from exposure to a variety of different experiences. I see philosophy as playing a key cultural role for modern society through its careful examination of concepts, actions, institutions, and individuals. By helping to develop skills in this type of critical perspective the study of philosophy continues to have both individual and social value. This is especially true of social and political philosophy since concerns over social and political organization crucially influence our daily lives. The study of these issues will then help students recognize in more concrete terms, the kind of value philosophical reflection can have for them beyond the classroom. I am looking forward to sharing with you my enthusiasm for philosophy and in helping you achieve academic and professional success.
◎Specialized Academic Fields
Philosophy

◎Research Topics
20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy, American Pragmatism
◎Teaching Courses
Introduction to Global Culture and Society
Seminar I
Seminar II
Seminar III
Capstone
Modern Social Thought
Global Justice and Intercultural Ethics

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, 2001
MA in Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 1996
BA in Philosophy, Concordia University, 1994
After graduating from Simon Fraser University, I taught there for 5 years
years before moving to Brooklyn College, CUNY for the last 8 years.