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Lou Matz

Professor and Chair of Philosophy


Phone: 209.946.2673


WPC 207


PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1992

BA, University of the Redlands, 1984

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

Make philosophy relevant to students' lives so that they want to learn more, engage in deeper levels of self-reflection and reflection on their social and political world, and make the world a better place; use interactive teaching methods and humor to make student learning memorable; design intellectually rigorous courses and assignments so that students develop higher order critical thinking, writing, and reading skills; connect personally with students so that they know I care about their learning and personal development; and continue my own learning and improvement of teaching.

Scholarly Interest

My main research area over the past several years has been on the 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill and his philosophy of religion, which has been a neglected aspect of his influential thought and which is very relevant today in the debate about the value of religion. After my twelve years in full-time academic administration, I now plan to turn my scholarly attention to the philosophy of sport.


PHIL 11 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 21 Moral Problems
PHIL 53 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 55 History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 124 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 127 Philosophy of Sport
PACS 3 What is an Ethical Life?