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.

Fall 2017

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

PHIL 211: Ancient Greek Philosophy.

PHIL 491.1: Directed Study in Philosophy - Reading Tutorial: Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.

PHIL 491.2: Directed Study in Philosophy - Reading Tutorial: Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.

PHIL 491.3: Directed Study in Philosophy - Reading Tutorial: 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 - Reading Tutorial: 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.