Lecturer, Cognitive Science
Dan Thero's degrees are in Philosophy, with an undergraduate background in Science. His dissertation, which he later expanded into a book, was on the topic of weakness of will, a perennial philosophical problem as well as a perennial problem of human life. Currently he is returning to this topic and plans to expand upon his previous work in this area, with the intention of collaborating with one or more faculty colleagues. One avenue of interest is an investigation of whether recent work in several areas of Psychology sheds light on the correctness or incorrectness of classical philosophical models of what goes wrong in instances when we exhibit weakness of will.
Professor Thero has been teaching undergraduate Philosophy courses for more than twenty years, starting while he was a Masters student at Rensselaer in the early 1990s. From 2002 until 2007, he taught Philosophy in the Cognitive Science Department on a part-time basis, rejoining as a full-time Lecturer in January 2012. His courses include Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Introduction to Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics & Consciousness, Environmental Philosophy, and courses for first year students entitled Philosophy, Technology, and the Human Future and Great Ideas in Philosophy.
He serves on the Executive Board of the Southern Humanities Council, and as English language linguistic editor of Studia Elckie, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published in Poland.
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, 2002
M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1997
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993