Jason Bowers

Jason Bowers

Philosophy Instructor
World Religions Course Coordinator
Ph.D. UNC, Chapel Hill
Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion
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jbowers@ncat.edu
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Dr. Bowers specializes in metaphysics and ancient Greek philosophy, along with the philosophy of religion. His dissertation work at UNC Chapel Hill, which blended these topics, concluded in 2010, when, shortly after earning the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, he earned his PhD. His current research focuses on the relationship between teleology and conventional problems of metaphysics, along with questions about whether Platonic Forms provide the best ontology for teleological realism. His contributions have been cited in Philosophical Quarterly (Korman, 2005, “Law Necessitarianism and The Importance of Being Intuitive”); Metametaphysics (2010, Chalmers and Wasserman, ed., Hofweber, “Ambitious, Yet Modest, Metaphysics”); and Noûs (Schaffer and Rose, 2015, “Folk Mereology is Teleological”). In addition to working in academic philosophy, Dr. Bowers also works in the expansion of philosophical education online. In 2013, he was part of a small team, who constructed the widely-acclaimed Massive Open Online Course, “Think Again,” taught by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Ram Neta, which has enrolled several hundred thousand students on Coursera, so far, and which continues to this day. In addition, Dr. Bowers built and maintained Duke MOOCs on human physiology and statistical analysis. Finally, in his spare time, Dr. Bowers has written for cracked.com, and runs a YouTube channel, “Dr. Bowers’ Office Hours,” which presents videos on philosophy: youtube.com/c/drbowersofficehours.