Marc W. Cole

Marc W. Cole

PhD Candidate

Summary: Philosophy of Mind/Metaphysics of Mind

Overview

Current Research:

I contend that Aristotle's philosophy of mind solves contemporary mind/body problems, such as the problem of mental causation, better than its contemporary competitors.

Education:

  • MPhil Philosophy, University of St Andrews for a thesis entitled: "The Agential Fork: The Hidden Consequences of Agency for Plenitude in David Lewis' Thesis of Genuine Modal Realism" (2014)
  • Conversion Diploma Philosophy, University of St Andrews (2012)
  • BA Theology, LCC International University, included a thesis entitled: "Only A Matter of Time: An Irenaean Recapitulation of Seneca." (Summa Cum Laude) (2010)

Research Interests:

My interests include, but are not limited to, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion.  

Tutoring Responsibilities:

  • Fall 2015: HPSC 1040: Introduction to the History of Scientific Thought.
  • Spring 2016: HPSC 1015 Magic, Science and Religion. 
  • Fall 2016: PHIL 3111 Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

Talks:

  • "Enmattered Thoughts: What Aristotle Had in Mind," Work-in-Progress talk at HPS Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, February 2017.
  • "Mental Causation and (Contemporary) Hylomorphism: Why Aristotle's Version of Hylomorphism Does a Better Job of Solving the Problem of Mental Causation," Work-in-Progress talk at the Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, June 2016.
  • "What Occurs at Time t During (Visual) Perception: Aristotle on Perceptual Awareness," Paper given at a Yorkshire Ancient Philosophy Network conference in Hull, England, March 2016.
  • "The Imago Dei, Aristotelian Hylomorphism & Causation, and the Techne of Humanity," Paper given at the Ontology and History Conference in Delphi, Greece, May 2015.
  • "Dancing on the Razor's Edge of Tuche and Techne: Defending the Stoics from the Charge of Contradiction," Work-in-Progress Talk, University of Leeds, December 2014.
  • "The Implications of Plenitude in David Lewis' Abductive Argument for Genuine Modal Realism," Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of St Andrews, August 2013.
  • "Dancing on the Razor's Edge of Tuche and Techne: A Defense of the Stoic Account of the Singular Telos of Human Beings," St Andrews Philosophy Undergraduate Reading Party, The Burn House, Angus, Scotland April 2012.
  • "Here Today & Gone Tomorrow: A Theological Critique of Western-Styled Philanthropy and Volunteerism," 4th Annual LCC International University Academic Conference, April 2011.

Publications In Other Areas of Interest:

  • "Mustard Seeds and the Eschaton: How an Aristotelian Metaphysics Solves the Paradox Between History and Eschatology" published in the edited volume: Mustard Seeds in the Public Square: Between and Beyond Theology, Philosophy, and Society (2017).
  • “Here Today & Gone Tomorrow: A Theological Critique of Western-Styled Philanthropy and Volunteerism” Published in a peer-reviewed journal LCC Liberal Arts Studies/2011; Volume IV: Volunteerism and Philanthropy: Ideal or Ideology? (2012)

"Just For Fun" Publications for a General Audience:

  • "The Self-Willed and Ignorant Law." To be published in a popular culture and philosophy edited volume entitled The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2017).
  • "Science and the Fantastic." To be published in a popular culture and philosophy edited volume entitled The X-Files and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2017).
  • "The Ghost Is the Machine." To be published in a popular culture and philosophy edited volume entitled The X-Files and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2017). 

    Languages:

    • Russian: Fluent and working proficiency.
    • Attic Greek: Beginner
    • Latin: Beginner 
    • German: Beginner
    • Spanish: Beginner

    Other Roles, Past & Present:

    • Reviewer for the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy
    • Coordinated a Reading Group in Fall Semester 2014; Aristotle's De Anima Book III.
    • Student Representative for the ERASMUS Selection Committee for LCC International University (Fall 2008-Spring 2010)

    About Me:

    My hometown is Great Falls, Montana in the United States. When I am not busy with philosophy, I spend time with my wife and three sons. My other interests include reading generally, and lately, in particular, I read 18th and 19th century novels from pretty much anywhere in Europe. I also enjoy writing fictional stories, mixed martial arts, and a variety of other sports. Also, I have a personal website, as well as a presence on Academia.edu account and Twitter.