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Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D. - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D. Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy & Associate Chair | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

My main scholarly interest is in the history and philosophy of science, with a special interest in evolutionary biology. My curiosity about such issues began as an undergraduate Biology and Philosophy major at the State University of New York at Cortland, and continued through a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, where I also completed a Ph.D. I was also fortunate to be awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, which helped to broaden my perspective on science.

In addition, for many years I’ve taught an undergraduate course called “Philosophy and Film.” A few years ago I was struck by the great number of deep philosophical issues that arise in Ridley Scott’s brilliant sci-fi film, Blade Runner (1982) that had apparently gone unnoticed by most viewers and even by most philosophers. I decided to explore these issues in depth. The result is Philosophy and Blade Runner (Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) —- released on June 25 — thirty-two years to the day after Blade Runner first hit US theaters. I’ve put together a page on this on my website for you to learn more about the book and the film. Check it out!

Education (4)

University of Notre Dame: Ph.D., Philosophy 1988

University of Notre Dame: M.A., History and Philosophy of Science 1986

State University of New York at Cortland: B.Sc., Biology 1983

State University of New York at Cortland: B.A., Philosophy 1983

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Areas of Expertise (2)

History & Philosophy of Science Philosophy & Film

Accomplishments (8)

Professor of Philosophy (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 2000-present

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Daum Professorship (professional)

2009-2010

Robert H. Taylor, S.J. Chair in Philosophy (professional)

2002-2004

Associate Professor of Philosophy (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 1995-2000

Postdoctoral Fellow, Science Studies Program (professional)

University of California, San Diego, 1994-1995

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 1988-1995

Senior Teaching Fellow (professional)

University of Notre Dame, 1987-1988

Instructor in Philosophy (professional)

University of Notre Dame, 1984-1987

Affiliations (2)

  • Philosophy of Science Association (PSA)
  • International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)

Languages (1)

  • American English (rudimentary)

Testimonials (3)

From Course Evaluation, LMU Student | Loyola Marymount University

"T-Shan is the boss of all bosses. His lectures are engaging and easy to understand, and he goes out of his way to make sure that you and he are on the same page in terms of expectations/grading. On top of that, he's just a chill instructor in general - he takes dry, abstract philosophy and makes it pretty easy to click with."

From Course Evaluation, LMU Student | Loyola Marymount University

"Shanahan is the man! He has an amazing ability to not let you know what he thinks, and as soon as a premature band wagon towards a particular position gets going you can expect Shanahan to bring it to a grinding halt. Meticulous in methodology. Transparent about expectations. Totally accommodating if you are having trouble. Clear and honest.

From Course Evaluation, LMU Student | Loyola Marymount University

"One of the most interesting classes i have ever taken. Shanahan makes you consider philosophical positions you never would have considered. It is an essential class for anyone going into the field of science. Attendance is mandatory, however, you will find yourself not wanting to miss class."

Courses (1)

Courses Taught

HNRS 104| Natural Philosophy


HNRS 160| Honors Philosophical Inquiry


HNRS 240| On the Nature of Things


PHIL 160| Philosophy of Human Nature


PHIL 198| Philosophical Inquiry


PHIL 220| Critical Thinking


PHIL 254| Philosophy and Film


PHIL 320| Greek & Roman Moral Philosophy


PHIL 341| Philosophy of Science


PHIL 342| Philosophy of Biology


PHIL 385| Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Hume


PHIL 398| Irish Moral & Political Philosophy

PHIL 398| Immortality & the Meaning of Life

PHIL 398| The Ethical Brain & the Moral Life

PHIL 451| Cognitive Relativism

PHIL 461| Epistemology

PHIL 463| Metaphysics & Mind

PHIL 464| Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 1800| Philosophical Inquiry (4 units)


PHIL 4920| Happiness: Philosophical & Psychological Perspectives (4 units)

PHIL 628| Hume’s Philosophy of Religion (M.A. Program)

PHIL 666| Philosophy of Science (M.A. Program)

PHIL 667| Darwinism & Christian Belief (M.A. Program)

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