Since the fall of 2009, I have been Assistant Professor of Philosophy at NJIT. I received my PhD from Penn State and before that I was a student at Deep Springs College and Columbia University. My core interest is in non-rational attitudes and how they fit into current models of mind, action and ethics. I’m particularly interested in understanding how associations, implicit attitudes, habits, impulses and the like are involved in the production of skillful and fluent behavior. Recently, I’ve also been studying implicit biases and techniques for changing them. For more, please see my website: www.michaelsbrownstein.com.
I aim to help my students see the philosophical commitments inherent in their day to day lives. I take my students’ interests and values seriously. I also endeavor to help my students critically examine the origins, changes, assumptions, benefits and consequences of the way they are living their lives. For course descriptions and more, please see my website: www.michaelsbrownstein.com.