Anthony F. Beavers, Ph.D.

Teaching Activities

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-4:00; Fridays 2:00-3:00. I am also available via Skype upon request.

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.

Spring 2018

PHIL 221: Early Modern Philosophy

PHIL/REL 240: Philosophy and Religion

COGS 345: Complex Systems and Cognition

PHIL 459.1: Philosophical Classics - Kant's Perpetual Peace and Other Essays

PHIL 459.2: Philosophical Classics - Heidegger's Being and Time (Division I, Chapters 1-3)

PHIL 459.3: Philosophical Classics - Plato's Parmenides

PHIL 499: Senior Exercise in Philosophy

Fall 2017

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

PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy

PHIL 491.1: Directed Study in Philosophy - Philosophical Classics: Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

PHIL 491.2: Directed Study in Philosophy - Philosophical Classics: Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling

PHIL 491.3: Directed Study in Philosophy - Philosophical Classics: Wittgenstein's Blue Book

Spring 2017

COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive ScienceTeaching Intern: Aaron Richardson

PHIL 221: Early Modern Philosophy

COGS 345: Complex Systems

PHIL 491: Directed Study in Philosophy - Philosophical Classics: Heidegger's 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. 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 to be published by Elsevier. Mr. Slattery will be 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, and Daniel Waskiewicz

Honors Project Coordinator: Mathematical Modeling in Predictive Contexts (working title): 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 (working title). 

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.

Dissertation Reviewer, The Philosophy of Information: Ethical, Ontological and Epistemic Perspectives by Steven McKinlay, Charles Sturt University, Australia, 2013.

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. Student Assistant: Chris 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. Preliminary study funded by an individual donation from University of Evansville Computer Science alumnus Hiten Sonpal. 

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. See the companion website for details.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

Courses Taught

History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Information Technology; Information Ethics; Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence; Artificial Intelligence and Human Cognition; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Complex Systems; Philosophy of Technology; Science Technology and Society; Philosophical Psychology; Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience; Emergence and Reduction; Introduction to Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Information; Symbolic Logic; Modern European Philosophy; Kant's Critical Philosophy; Ancient Greek Philosophy; Plato's Psychological Dialogues (Symposium, Phaedrus, Republic & Phaedo); Plato's Republic; Plato's Later Dialogues (Parmenides, Theatetus, Sophist & Statesman); Plato and Nietzsche; 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism; Heidegger's Being and Time; Heidegger's Nietzsche; Kierkegaard; Ethical Theory; Applied Ethics; Kantian Ethics; Kant and the Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (Kant and Levinas); Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy and the Judeo-Christian Tradition; Early Church History; Patristic Theology; Philosophical Anthropology.