Bradley Seeman

Faculty & Staff

                     

Dr. Brad Seeman

Philosophy Department

 

     
     

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office Location: Reade 132
Phone: (765) 998-4038
Email: brseeman@tayloru.edu

Specialties: Metaethical questions, apologetics, contemporary continental philosophy, interaction between architectural and philosophical theory

 

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Bradley N. Seeman

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago December 2009
Dissertation: “Moral Reasons Arbitrariness” Director: Dr. Paul Moser. Committee: Dr. Thomas Carson and Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

M.A., Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago: Chicago, IL December 2006
Grade Point Average: 3.929/4.0
MA Paper: “Unsettling Deconstruction: An Essay on Architecture as Human Settlement in a World” Director: Dr. Andrew Cutrofello

M.A., Christian Thought, Trinity International University June 1995
Graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.85/4.0)
Degree combined Church History and Philosophy of Religion
T. B. Madsen Award for an outstanding thesis: “The Development of a Common Sense Realism Historiography in American Church History, from 1955 to 1994.”

B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College (Illinois) December 1990

Areas of Specialization
Ethics/Metaethics, Philosophy of Religion

Areas of Competence
Kant, Social and Political Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Philosophy and Architectural Theory

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Publications

“The ‘Old Princetonians’ on Biblical Authority (1818-1929): The State of the Question,” in “But My Words Will Never Pass Away”: The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, ed. Don A. Carson (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, forthcoming)

“Verifying Pluralism: A Thought Experiment Regarding Pluralism’s Exclusivisms and the Question of Tolerance,” Philosophia Christi 9, no. 1 (2007), 121-43

“Whose Rationality? Which Cognitive Psychotherapy? Metaphysical Facts and a Second Look at Richard Brandt’s Second Puzzle for Utilitarianism,” International Philosophical Quarterly 44, no. 2 (June 2004), 201-222

“What If the Elephant Speaks? Kant’s Critique of Judgment and an Übergang Problem in John Hick’s Philosophy of Religious Pluralism,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 54, no. 3 (December 2003), 157-74

“Evangelical Historiography beyond the ‘Outward Clash’: A Case Study on the Alternation Approach,” Christian Scholar’s Review 33, no. 1 (Fall 2003), 95-124

“Peirce, Habermas, and Moral Absolutes,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 12 (Summer 2000), 45-68

Under Review

“The ‘Paradox of Self-Constitution’ and Korsgaard’s Two Conceptions of Maxims for Action.”

Presentations

“An Identity/Reasons Problem in Christine Korsgaard’s Moral Philosophy,” paper at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, San Francisco (November 18, 2011).

“An Identity/Reasons Problem in Christine Korsgaard’s Moral Philosophy,” paper at the Taylor University Philosophy Colloquium (11 November 2011)

“Kant and Hick on Religion: A Critique,” paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Atlanta, November 18, 2010

“Kant and Hick on Religion: A Critique,” paper read at the Taylor University Philosophy Colloquium, October 2010

Précis of “The ‘Old Princetonians’ on Biblical Authority: The State of the Question,” paper read at the contributors’ conference for The Scripture Project, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, June 22-25, 2010

“Korsgaard, Moral Reasons, and the Identity/Reasons Problem,” paper read at the Taylor University Philosophy Colloquium, September 11, 2009

“Normative Moral Reasons, Deep Vindication, and God’s Voice,” paper read at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, Central Division, April 18, 2008 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

“Orientational Projectivism, Filial Goods, and Death,” paper read at the Eastern Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, April 20-21, 2007 at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina

“Humanism, Christ, Chora: Framing Architecture and Architecture as Frame,” paper read at “Christ and Contemporary Cultures: A Cultural Studies Conference,” September 28-30, 2006 at Gordon College, Boston

“What If the Elephant Speaks? Kant’s Critique of Judgment and an Übergang Problem in John Hick’s Philosophy of Religious Pluralism,” paper read at the annual meeting of the of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, November 20-22, 2002 in Toronto

“Heautonomy, Hermeneutics, and Hope in Kant’s Critique of Judgment,” paper read at the Midwest Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, March 7-9, 2002 at Bethel University, St. Paul

“A Schutzian Vein in Evangelical Historiography: Noting a Family Resemblance,” paper read at the Spring meeting of the American Society of Church History, April 27-29, 2000 in Santa Fe

Professional Societies

American Philosophical Association, Evangelical Philosophical Society, Society of Christian Philosophers

Professional Service

Session Chair for an Evangelical Philosophical Society symposium on Paul Moser’s The Evidence for God, Central Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, February 18, 2012 in Chicago
Referee for American Philosophical Quarterly

EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor of Philosophy Taylor University: Upland, IN Spring 2011-present
• Participated regularly in college governance and administration through faculty meetings, School of Liberal Arts meetings, divisional meetings, and assigned committee work on FDCIC (2010-present)
• Leader and participant in college events, including facilitating discussion of Jamie Smith’s book Desiring the Kingdom, as well as service roles at Colleagues’ College
• Involved with students through mentoring, inviting classes to our home, and having students over for dinner
• Organized TU philosophy colloquia, headed up communication with majors and alumni, and led efforts to attract prospective students to the philosophy program

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Taylor University: Upland, IN Fall 2007-Spring 2011
• Participated regularly in college governance and administration through faculty meetings, divisional meetings, and assigned committee work, including Intellectual Property Rights Committee (2009-2010) and the FDCIC (2010-present)
• Involved with students through mentoring, inviting classes to our home, and having students over for dinner
• Engaged in campus life through public speaking, publication of poetry in Parnassus, writing a letter to the editors of the Echo, and attendance at lectures, athletic events, recitals, and art shows.
• Worked to increase the profile of the Philosophy Program on campus and with prospective students

Provisional Assistant Professor of Philosophy Judson University: Elgin, IL Fall 1998-Fall 2006
• Participated regularly in college governance and administration through faculty meetings, divisional meetings, and assigned committee work
• Faculty mentor to freshmen, including advising responsibilities
• Full autonomy in course design and preparation
• Taught non-traditional students on a cohort-model through Judson’s AIM program
• Coordinated student-led apologetic outreaches through local churches
• Involved with students through mentoring, leading Bible studies, having each class to our home for a campfire or fondue, pre-marital counseling of students (together with my wife, a trained counselor), and having students over for dinner

Guest Assistant Professor Wheaton College: Wheaton, IL Spring 2006

Circulation Supervisor/Reference Assistant/Electronic Resources Coordinator/Periodicals Supervisor Judson College: Elgin, IL Fall 1995-Fall 2000
• Responsible for interviewing, hiring, scheduling, training, and supervising up to thirty student staff members for the circulation and periodicals departments
• Improved library services through a new emphasis on training, organization of student workflow, and delegation of responsibilities
• Raised student morale through team-building activities and proactive communication
• Organized and set up campus AV, including basic setup of classroom PowerPoint presentation technology (computers and projection)
• Sharpened research skills while assisting students with a wide variety of research projects
• Designed and maintained library web page and databases

Adjunct Instructor College of DuPage: Glen Ellyn, IL Fall 1995-Spring 1996

Freelance Copy Editor BridgePoint Books: Wheaton, IL September 1995-May 1996
• Copy edited David L. Smith’s All God’s People and Norman Geisler’s Encyclopedia of Apologetics
• Polished written communication and editing skills

Specialist Writing Tutor College of Lake County: Grayslake, IL January 1992-December 1994
• Enabled students to evaluate and improve their writing, including ESL and minority students
• Honed skills in evaluating student writing and helping students recognize and correct mistakes

Volunteer Youth Leader Faith Baptist Church: Grayslake, IL January 1991-May 1994
• Engaged with youth in teaching, mentoring, and coaching (volleyball) roles
• Worked with church leadership to found a successful twenty-something ministry, and then participated extensively through leadership, planning, and teaching

Volunteer Tutor/Prison Ministry CYCLE: Cabrini Green, Chicago, IL
Illinois Youth Correctional Center: St. Charles, IL September 1986-May 1989
• Tutored at-risk and/or troubled boys in one-on-one or small group settings

PUBLIC SPEAKING
• Upland Community Church, Faith at Home Seminar for Parents of Pre-teens—“Commitment to Purity,” February 26, 2012 (with Kiersten Seeman)
• Upland Community Church, Jr. High Youth Group talk—“What Answer Does God Give to the ‘Proggblem of Evil’,” September 21, 2011
• Upland Community Church, Faith at Home Seminar for Parents of Pre-teens—“Commitment to Purity,” September 17, 2011 (with Kiersten Seeman)
• Graduation Speech for The King’s Academy—“On Never Graduating,” May 28, 2011
• Upland Community Church, BASSYCS talk—“Confession” (with Kiersten Seeman)
• Upland Community Church, Sr. High Youth Group talk—“Purity in Mind,” with Kiersten
• Upland Community Church, Sr. High Youth Group talk—“A Place and a Path” (John 14:1-14), March 27, 2011
• Upland Community Church, Jr. High Youth Group talk—“The Pearl of Great Price,” March 27, 2011
• Upland Community Church, Faith at Home Seminar for Parents of Pre-teens—“Commitment to Purity,” September 17, 2011 (with Kiersten Seeman)
• Taylor University “Senior Survival Week”—panel discussion on Dating & Relationships after Graduation, April 15, 2010
• Upland Community Good Friday Service—“How Did Christ’s Work on the Cross Reflect His Humility?”, April 2, 2010
• Taylor University chapel—“The Pearl of Great Price,” January 11, 2010
• Taylor University chapel—participated in a student-led dramatic reading on “Being a Good Neighbor,” October 10, 2009
• Taylor University Colleague’s College devotional—“What Comes before the ‘Therefore’?”, August 27, 2009
• Taylor University Mini-Grant Presentation—“Recording PowerPoint Narratives for Blackboard Courses,” August 14, 2008
• Taylor University Technology for Teaching Conference—“How to Teach a Hybrid Course” (with Jeff Groeling and Scott Adams), August 14-15, 2008
• Judson College chapel—invited speaker for Spiritual Enrichment Week, February 9, 2006
• Invited speaker on World Religions at Wesley United Methodist Church in Elgin, Illinois, March 26, 2003
• Judson College chapel, November 11, 2002, by invitation from a student-led committee

COURSES TAUGHT

Taylor University (as Assistant Professor of Philosophy)
Contemporary Christian Belief, PHI 413 Fall ‘07-present
Continental Philosophy, PHI 420 Spring ’10-present
History of Philosophy II, PHI 203 Spring ‘08-present
Introduction to Philosophy, PHI 110 Fall ‘09-present
Theological Methods & Philosophical Foundations, PHI 490 Spring ’10-present
Apologetics, PHI 412 (TU Online) Spring ’10-present

Judson University (as Provisional Assistant Professor of Philosophy—not tenure track)
Introduction to Philosophy, PHL 161 Fall ‘98-‘06
History of Philosophy, PHL 261 Spring ‘98-‘06
Human Values (Ethics), PHL 264 Fall ‘98-‘06
Existentialism (guided reading), PHL 365 Spring ‘04-‘05
Political Philosophy (guided reading), PHL 363 Spring ‘04
Comparative Religion, PHL 367 Alt. Spring ‘98-‘06
Philosophical & Theological Apologetics, CRP 390 Alt. Spring ‘98-‘06
Introduction to Old Testament, BST 101 Fall ‘01
Introduction to New Testament, BST 202 Spring ‘02
Foundations of the Spiritual Life (adult, non-traditional), CRP 101 Spring ‘02-‘06
Faith and Learning, GEN 101 Fall ‘02-‘06

Wheaton College (as Guest Assistant Professor of Philosophy)
Issues and Worldviews, PHIL 101 Spring ‘06

College of DuPage (as Adjunct Instructor)
Introduction to Religion, RS 100 ‘95-‘96

GRADUATE COURSEWORK

Loyola University Chicago
PHL 454 – Philosophy of Religion Paul Moser
PHL 468 – History of Ethics Thomas Carson
PHL 469 – Ethics and Rationality Thomas Carson
PHL 480 – Social and Political Philosophy: Frankfurt School David Ingram
PHL 403 – Aristotle and Aquinas Frank Yartz
PHL 395 – Ancient Skepticism Julie Ward
PHL 412 – Classical Empiricism: Locke and Hume Arnold vander Nat
PHL 438 – Kant, Gadamer, and Adorno Andrew Cutrofello
PHL 415 – Kant: Critique of Pure Reason Andrew Cutrofello
PHL 442 – Analytic: Free Will, Determinism, and Agent Causation David Yandell
PHL 450 – Epistemology J.D. Trout
PHL 500 – Contemporary Continental Phil. and Architectural Theory Andrew Cutrofello
PHL 438 – Heidegger Adriaan Peperzak
PHL 490 – Continental/Analytic Divide: Russell, Žižek, Foucault, Quine Andrew Cutrofello

Northern Illinois University
PHIL 540 – Philosophy of Mind Jennifer Lackey

Trinity International University
PR 845 – Philosophy of Religion: John Hick Harold Netland
PR 511 – Apologetics Bruce Ware
PR 630 – World Religions Harold Netland
PR 700 – Confucian Philosophy Harold Netland
CH 751 – Renaissance John Woodbridge
CH 754 – Calvin Kenneth Kantzer
CH 712 – Christian Thought Seminar Harold O.J. Brown
CH 774 – Christian Classics: Christian Devotional Classics Tom Nettles
CH 634 – History of Christianity I John Woodbridge
CH 635 – History of Christianity II John Woodbridge
CH 736 – American Church History John Woodbridge
CH 710 – Theological Research Methods Keith Wells
ST 511 – Introduction to Thology John Feinberg
CE 500 – Educational Ministry of the Church Perry Downs
CE 603 – Moral and Faith Development Perry Downs
NT 401 – Greek I Douglas Moo
NT 402 – Greek II Douglas Moo
NT 503 – New Testament Greek Exegesis I Walter Leifeld
NT 504 – New Testament Greek Exegesis I Walter Leifeld
NT 610 – Synoptic Gospels Scot McKnight

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTER SKILLS

Classroom Technology
• Blackboard, including extensive use for the enhancement of traditional classes, online courses, and delivery of adult education classes
• WebCT, including the use of discussion groups, assignment posting, and communication tools
• Use and basic setup of classroom AV technology
• Skilled in PowerPoint, including the design of a number of presentations for the library staff and for use in the classroom

MS Office
• Word and Excel
• Access (including relational tables and some Visual Basic)

Desktop publishing skills
• MS Publisher
• Aldus PageMaker
• Adobe Photoshop Elements
• Formal training in foundational design principles and desktop publishing

Web page design and other programs
• FrontPage (web page design) and some basic HTML editing experience
• Cooledit Pro (sound file editing)