Anthony F. Beavers, Ph.D.

Teaching Activities

Office Hours


Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:45. Ridgeway University Center. 1st Floor.


The CSML


The Cognitive Science Modeling Laboratory is an immersive student/faculty workspace for collaborative, hands-on projects. I serve as the director. To learn more about the lab, click on the previous link.


Fall 2018


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Noah Franks


PHIL 491.1: Text Seminar - Kant: Prolegomena for Any Future Metaphysics


PHIL 491.2: Text Seminar - Husserl: Cartesian Mediations


PHIL 491.3: Text Seminar - Marx: Selected Early Texts


COGS 492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML): Remodeling Kallipolis: Research Interns: Abdullah Aljandali, Nhan Cao, Trevor Lax, Skylar Reeves (non-credit), Aaron Richardson, Patrick Sewell


COGS 492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML): Exploring Cognition with Networks: Research Intern: Keaton Carr


Spring 2018


PHIL 221: Early Modern Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Payton Charlton


PHIL/REL 240: Philosophy and Religion. Teaching Intern: Case Farney


COGS 345: Complex Systems and Cognition


PHIL 459.1: Text Seminar - Kant: Perpetual Peace and Other Essays


PHIL 459.2: Text Seminar - Heidegger: Being and Time (Division I, Chapters 1-3)


PHIL 459.3: Text Seminar - Plato: Parmenides


PHIL 491: Directed Study in Philosophy: Robot Ethics: Aaron Richardson. "Parenting as a Metaphor for the Ethics of Robot Personhood," presented at the 2018 Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference, April 7th, Indiana University.


Fall 2017

COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Payton Charlton


PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy


PHIL 491.1: Text Seminar - Kant: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals


PHIL 491.2: Text Seminar - Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling


PHIL 491.3: Text Seminar - Wittgenstein: Blue Book


Spring 2017


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Aaron Richardson


PHIL 221: Early Modern Philosophy


COGS 345: Complex Systems


PHIL 491: Text Seminar - Heidegger: Letter on Humanism


PHIL 499: Senior Exercise in Philosophy


Fall 2016


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science (team taught with Dr. Jones). Teaching Intern: Aaron Richardson


PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy - Teaching Intern: Jacob Trotter


PHIL 241: Science, Technology and Society  - Teaching Interns: Krista Lecher and Hassan Taki Eddin


PHIL 445: History and Philosophy of Science


COGS 492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML): Research Interns: Jacob Ball (Lab Manager), Julian Erickson, Erik Goodge, Alycia Olson


Spring 2016


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science (team taught with Dr. Jones). Teaching Interns: Max Engleman and Jessica Lord


PHIL 221: Early Modern Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Justin Slattery


COGS 498: Complex Systems


COGS 292/492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML): Predicting the NFL: Taylor Allen, Jacob Ball, Kane Catt, Jacob Green, Alycia Olson


PHIL 499: Senior Seminar in Philosophy


Market Analysis Task Force Student Internship (CSML): Andrey Biryuchinskiy


Honors Project Coordinator: The Moral Implications of Affective Computing: Justin Slattery


Fall 2015


Sabbatical Leave


COGS 292/492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML): Predicting the NFL: Jacob Ball, Andrey Biryuchinskiy, Jacob Green, Alycia Olson and Evan Snider


Market Analysis Task Force Student Internship (CSML): Jacob Trotter and Beth Brunmeier


Spring 2015


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 221 (honors): Early Modern Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Kaci Harrison


PHIL 301: Turning the World Upside Down: Plato vs. Nietzsche in an Battle for the Millennials


PHIL 492: Research Internship in Philosophy: "On the Moral Implications and Restrictions Surrounding Affective Computing": Justin Slattery. For a chapter in Affective Sciences in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction, edited by Myounghoon Jeon and published by Elsevier. Mr. Slattery is second author on the paper.


COGS 492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML): Predicting the NFL: Blake Adams, Cody Baker, Jacob Ball, Corey Cannon, Austin Cibulka, Adam Devery, Jacob Green, Riley Mayr, Craig Schlemmer, Evan Snider, Daniel Waskiewicz


Honors Project Coordinator: Mathematical Modeling in Predictive Contexts. Cody Baker


Fall 2014


PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy


PHIL 241: Science, Technology and Society. Teaching Interns: Kaci Harrison and Justin Slattery


PHIL 241 (honors): Science, Technology and Society


COGS 492: Research Internship in Cognitive Science (CSML). Technological Enhancement of Humanistic Education. Research Interns: Jacob Green and Austin Willis


Spring 2014


PHIL 221 (honors): Early Modern Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Kasey Michel


PHIL 449 (honors): The Philosophy of Information


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer Science Senior Project - CSML): Justin Simerly, Traffic COP (Controller Optimizing Productivity), an agent-based simulation of intelligent stop lights to optimize traffic flow. Winner of the University of Evansville's Most Outstanding Senior Project in Computer Science Award, 2014.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Ethics Integration Project): Andrew Bollinger, Ethical Issues Surrounding Cyber Warfare. 


Fall 2013


PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy


PHIL 241: Science, Technology and Society. Teaching Intern: Dalton Snyder and Karolina Toth


PHIL 301 (honors): Philosophy of Complex Systems


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer Science Senior Project - CSML): Justin Simerly, Traffic COP (Controller Optimizing Productivity), an agent-based simulation of intelligent stop lights to optimize traffic flow.


Summer 2013


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (CSML): Austin Willis, Technological Enhancement of Humanistic Education: Modeling Student Interaction in a Classroom Setting. Supported by the UExplore Undergraduate Research Program, The University of Evansville. 


Spring 2013


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Drew Reisinger


COGS 111 (honors): Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Drew Reisinger


PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Christopher Harrison


Facilitator, Cognitive Science Proseminar (Weekly meeting of all Cognitive Science majors)


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (CSML): Austin Willis, Technological Enhancement of Humanistic Education: Modeling Student Interaction in a Classroom Setting. 


Fall 2012


FYS 120: First Year Seminar: World Classics. Teaching Interns: Matthew Hamilton and Samantha Miller


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 301 (honors): Topic Seminar: Information, Evolution, and Consciousness


Facilitator, Cognitive Science Proseminar (Weekly meeting of all Cognitive Science majors)


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Philosophy/Cognitive Science Senior Project): Christopher Harrison, Philosophical Issues Surrounding the Symbol Grounding Problem


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Psychology Senior Project): Samantha Miller, Motivational Factors in Collaborative Writing Environments


Supervisor, Research Internships in the Digital Humanities Laboratory: Cody Baker and Taylor Martin, Mechanisms for Eliminating the Symbol Grounding Problem


Spring 2012


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Christopher Graham 


PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Christopher Harrison


COGS 498 (honors): Seminar in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology: Complexity and Cognition


Facilitator, Cognitive Science Proseminar (Weekly meeting of all Cognitive Science majors)


Fall 2011


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Christopher Harrison


PHIL 111: Freshman Seminar in Philosophy: Information, Technology and Society. Teaching Intern: Christopher Graham


PHIL 301 (honors): Topic Seminar: Information Ethics


Facilitator, Cognitive Science Proseminar (Weekly meeting of all Cognitive Science majors)


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Mason Blankenship, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Philosophy Senior Project): Christopher Graham, Defending Robot Autonomy


Summer 2011


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Christopher Harrison, Transforming Standard Databases into Teleodynamic and Predictive Mechanisms. Supported by the UExplore Undergraduate Research Program, The University of Evansville. Some results of this study published as Information-Theoretic Teleodynamics in Natural and Artificial Systems. In A Computable Universe: Understanding Computation & Exploring Nature as Computation, edited by Hector Zenil (World Scientific, 2012), forthcoming. Some results presented as 1) A Brief Introduction to Information-Theoretic Teleodynamics, Info-Metrics: Information Processing across the Sciences. Info-Metrics Institute Workshop on the Philosophy of Information, American University, Washington, D.C., October 3rd, 2011, and 2) Hybrid Networks: Transforming Networks for Social and Textual Analysis into Teleodynamic and Predictive Mechanisms. Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, Networks and Network Analysis for the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), University of California, Los Angeles, October 20th-22nd, 2011.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Mason Blankenship and Justin Simerly, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Spring 2011


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Brent Sigler


PHIL 121 (honors): Introduction to Ethics. Teaching Intern: Matthew Hummel


PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy. Teaching Intern: James Will


COGS 498 (honors): Seminar in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology: Information and the Information Society


Facilitator, Cognitive Science Proseminar (Weekly meeting of all Cognitive Science majors)


Advisor for Math 490: Independent Study in Applied Associative Networks for Christopher Harrison in Conjunction with Math 373: Numerical Methods, Professor Talitha Washington


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer Science Senior Project): Derek Burrows, Dynamic Associative Network Automatic Document Classification. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Accepted for Presentation at the Undergraduate Conference in Math, Engineering and Science, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, March 26th, 2011. Winner of the University of Evansville's Outstanding Senior Project in Computer Science Award, 2011.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Mason Blankenship, Christopher Harrison, Justin Simerly and Joshua Woody, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Fall 2010


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Shane Reuter. 


PHIL 111: Freshman Seminar: Information, Technology and Society. Teaching Intern: Clayton Moore


PHIL 301 (honors): Topic Seminar: Emergence and Reduction


Independent Study in Cognitive Science: Christopher Harrison, Introduction to Cognitive Science


Facilitator, Cognitive Science Proseminar (Weekly meeting of all Cognitive Science majors)


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Cognitive Science Senior Project): Jareth Purcell, Navigating a Social World without Folk Psychology


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer Science Senior Project): Derek Burrows, Dynamic Associative Network Automatic Document Classification. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Joshua Woody, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Summer 2010


Independent Study in Cognitive Science: Paden Gullquist, Introduction to Cognitive Science


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Joshua Woody, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Spring 2010


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Intern: Kyle Kinsey


PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy. Teaching Intern: Jesse Miller


COGS 498 (honors): Seminar in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology: Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition


Independent Study in Philosophy: Jesse Miller, Nietzsche and the Question of Ethical Nihilism


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer Science Senior Project): Guy Wyant, Dynamic Associative Networks and Automatic Document Classification. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Winner of the University of Evansville's Outstanding Senior Project in Computer Science Award, 2010.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Joshua Woody, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Fall 2009


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Teaching Interns: Shane Reuter and Rikki Weger


PHIL 111: Freshman Seminar: Kantian Ethics. Teaching Intern: Jesse Miller


PHIL 311: Phenomenology and Existentialism


PHIL 359 (honors): Text Seminar: Kant's Critical Philosophy


Independent Study in Philosophy: Jesse Miller, Kantian Ethics


Independent Study in Cognitive Science: Shane Reuter, Is Commonsense Psychology Commonsensical? An Experimental Approach to the Question of Folk Psychology


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Cognitive Science Senior Project): Rikki Weger, The New Eliminativism and Its Implications for Autism Research


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer Science Senior Project): Guy Wyant, Dynamic Associative Networks and Automatic Document Classification. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Undergraduate Research Supervisor: Joshua Woody, Noesis: Philosophical Research Online and the Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Spring 2009


On Leave for a Digital Humanities Fellowship - No courses


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer/Cognitive Science Senior Project): Michael Zlatkovsky, Modeling and Visualizing Dynamic Associative Networks: Towards Developing a More Robust and Biologically-Plausible Cognitive Model. Presented at the Undergraduate Conference in Math, Engineering and Science, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, April 4th, 2009. Winner of the University of Evansville's Outstanding Senior Project in Computer Science Award, 2009.


Fall 2008


On Leave for a Digital Humanities Fellowship - No courses


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Computer/Cognitive Science Senior Project): Michael Zlatkovsky, Modeling and Visualizing Dynamic Associative Networks: Towards Developing a More Robust and Biologically-Plausible Cognitive Model.


Spring 2008


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy


PHIL 359 (honors): Text Seminar: Kierkegaard's Stages on Life's Way


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Cognitive Science Senior Project): Jonathan Clucas, Cognitive Transfer Via Analogical Reasoning: Applying Lessons to the Wason Selection Task. Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, April 10th-12th, 2008.


Fall 2007


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 301 (honors): Topic Seminar: Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience


PHIL 311: Phenomenology and Existentialism


Undergraduate Research Supervisor (Cognitive Science Senior Project): Jonathan Clucas, Cognitive Transfer Via Analogical Reasoning: Applying Lessons to the Wason Selection Task


Spring 2007


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 111: Critical Thinking and Philosophy


PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy


PHIL 491 (honors): Topic Seminar: Philosophical Anthropology


PHIL / REL 499: Senior Seminar


Fall 2006


COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science


PHIL 301 (honors): Text Seminar: Plato's Psychological Dialogues


PHIL 311: Phenomenology and Existentialism


PHIL / REL 499: Senior Seminar


Independent Study in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science: Dirk Eichhorn, Andy Clark on Embodied and Embedded Cognition