Jerry Green, Ph.D.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. Philosophy - University of Texas at Austin (2016)
M.A. Classics - University of Texas at Austin (2014)
M.A. Philosophy - Texas Tech University (2010)
B.A. Classics - Ohio University (2008)
B.A. Philosophy - Ohio University (2008)
Jerry Green, Ph.D., started teaching at UCO in the Department of Humanities & Philosophy in 2017. He specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy, especially ethics in Plato and Aristotle. Most of his research focuses on Aristotle's under-appreciated Eudemian Ethics, and its relationship to the better known Nicomachean Ethics (covering a range of topics including the nature of the soul, the relationship between humans and God, the foundations of friendship, the components of happiness, and what it means to be human). He is also interested in contemporary virtue ethics and virtue epistemology, and in the history of philosophy more broadly. Green also is an affiliate faculty in Modern Languages, where he teaches Biblical Greek.
Outside of class, Green is a drummer and has a completely normal and in-control obsession with Star Wars. He drinks a barely immoderate amount of coffee daily.
Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities
- "Was Pyrrho a Pyrrhonist?” Apeiron 10 (2017):335-365
- “Melody and Rhythm at Plato’s Symposium 187d2” Classical Philology 110 (2015):152-158
- "The Underlying Argument of Aristotle's Metaphysics Z.3" Phronesis 59 (2014):321-342
Recent Conference Presentations:
- "Teaching Socrates as Metacognitive Exemplar in Plato’s Apology”
- “Metacognition as an Epistemic Virtue”
- “Honor, Divinity and Eudaimonia in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics”
- “‘Phronēsis’ in the Undisputed Books of the Nicomachean and Eudemian Ethics”
- "Secondary Happiness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics"
- “Practical nous in Aristotle’s Ethics”
Intro to Philosophy (Every Semester)
Intro to Biblical Greek (Every Year)
Philosophy and Humanism (Spring 2019)
Non-Western Ethics (Fall 2018)
Ancient Philosophy (Spring 2017)
The Ancient Greeks thought of philosophy as necessary for a flourishing, happy life. This may have been a bit optimistic, but it isn't totally wrong: learning how to think more clearly really can help you be a better person. That's why I studied philosophy, and that's why I teach it. Especially at the Intro level, I design my courses to provide an environment to help students cultivate epistemic virtues, the character traits that make us good thinkers. This means learning more about what good reasoning looks like, but it also involves developing good habits over time and a better awareness of how the non-rational parts of our psychologies affect our reasoning.
To put these goals into practice, I think about pedagogy a lot. I'm a regular participant in faculty reading groups in the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute, and I'm always working on ways of improving my course design and my teaching techniques. I've even started a new line of research connecting my classroom interest in metacognition to my philosophical interests in virtue epistemology.
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