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Michael Madary

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Phone: 209.932.2860

Office Hours

WPC 205


PhD, Philosophy, Tulane University, 2007

MA, Philosophy / Cognitive Science, University of Houston, 2003

BA, Philosophy, University of Dallas, 1999

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

I have two main goals as a teacher.  The first goal is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for them to succeed upon completing their course of studies.  The second goal is to foster the development of a passion for lifelong learning.  Such a passion is crucial, I believe, for maintaining the cognitive versatility required to flourish in the contemporary world. 

A main strategy that I use to achieve these goals is to make use of experiential learning techniques designed to maximize student engagement.

Scholarly Interest

My research focuses mostly on the philosophy of mind and the ethics of emerging technology.  I take an interdisciplinary approach to my work, drawing from psychology and neuroscience as well as the history of philosophy.  I co-authored the first code of ethics for research and consumer use of virtual reality, which has received widespread media attention.

In addition to the ethics of technology, I have also published widely in the philosophy of perception, including a book, Visual Phenomenology, available  from MIT Press.  In my future work, I hope to explore further the relationship between our faculties of mind and emerging technology.


PHIL 015  Introduction to Cognitive Science
PHIL 037  Introduction to Logic
PHIL 061  Philosophy of Science
PHIL 079  Sensation and Perception
PHIL 121   Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 180  Metaphysics
Ethics of Emerging Technology