Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Associate Professor/ Department Chair Department of Philosophy Office Location: AD 209 Phone: (210) 514-2919

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico, I briefly studied economics and law at Yale University before dropping out to find a path more suited to my temperament and to my intellectual appetites. A few years later I entered graduate study in philosophy at the University of Kentucky, where I focused on 19th and 20th century German philosophy and on the history of science and technology. I joined the faculty at UIW in 2002. I am married to the visual artist Jennifer Khoshbin, and we have two children, Raphael and Ruby.

I received by B.A. degree at the University of New Mexico. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Kentucky.

I taught for one year at Trinity University in San Antonio, filling in for faculty on leave, and then joined the faculty at UIW, in 2002.

  • Lewis, P. M. (2019). How Can I Say This Without Sounding Crazy?. In Richard Greene (Ed.), Conspiracy Theories: Philosophers Connect the Dots. Chicago, Illinois: Open Court.
  • Lewis, P.M. (2021). Review of Louise Amoore's Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others. Contemporary Political Theory. Palgrave Macmillan.

I enjoy reading and chess. I play the didgeridoo, an Australian aboriginal instrument. I was for some time a member of two local music groups: the psychedelic band called Pseudo Buddha and the experimental jazz ensemble called Mombasa Code.

  • 2006. UIW Student Government Faculty of the Year Award.
  • 2010. UIW Presidential Teaching Award.

I have a wide range of research interests and publications. The chief focus of my dissertation was in the history and philosophy of science and technology, although the political and moral dimensions of this topic have become more and more important to me as the years pass.

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • World Philosophy
  • Ethics for the Professions (graduate-level course for doctoral students)
  • Justice: Tradition and Transformation
  • Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Philosophy of Culture/Cultural Studies Theory
  • Philosophy of Money
  • Philosophy and Science Fiction
  • Applied Ethics
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Philosophical Foundations of Mathematics
  • Philosophy and the Atomic Bomb
  • Imagination and Knowledge: Questioning and Answering in the Arts and Humanities
  • Logic
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Advanced Symbolic Logic
  • Language and Mind
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Existential Philosophy and Literature