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Colin Koopman

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  • Title: Head of Philosophy, Pre-Law Advisor, & Ethics Minor Director
  • Additional Title: Professor of Philosophy, Director of New Media & Culture Certificate Program
  • Phone: 541-346-5980
  • Office: 250A Susan Campbell Hall
  • Office Hours: TBA during Fall 2020
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department
  • Interests: Political Philosophy, Genealogy, Pragmatism, Information Politics and Data Ethics, History of Philosophy
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


My writing and teaching are focused on contributions to political theory and ethics.  My current focus is on the the politics of information and the ethics of data.  I explore these fields in terms of century-old predecessor technologies that continue to condition contemporary techno-trends that are often presented as importantly new. Methodologically, my work mobilizes analytics and concepts from the philosophical traditions of genealogy and pragmatism to engage current issues of politics, ethics, and culture.  From a metaphilosophical perspective, I always attempt to challenge myself (and my collaborators and students) to practice philosophy through a style of pluralism that draws widely on diverse figures, traditions, disciplines, and themes.  Thus I have sought in past work to develop an understanding of a range of figures across genealogy (Foucault, Nietzsche, Williams) and pragmatism (James, Du Bois, Dewey, Rorty, Brandom) as well as other thinkers in Continental (Deleuze, Habermas, Latour) and Analytic (Wittgenstein, Cavell, Rawls) philosophy.  I also aim to engage work developed in other disciplinary contexts by historians, anthropologists, political scientists, legal theorists, and information scientists.


My recent research on informaiton politics and data ethics is best summarized by:

Ongoing work includes research (individual or collaborative) toward contributions on:

  • The Genealogy of Information and the History of Genetics
  • A Genealogy of Medical Records
  • A Normative Theory of Fairness in Data
  • Richard Rorty's Metaphilosophy
  • Michel Foucault's Genealogy and Realist Political Theory



Articles and Essays:


  • For further details, please visit my regularly updated website where you will find a complete list of publications (and links) as well as information on courses I regularly teach:

Course Links

Fall 2018
PHIL 420 American Philosophy: Pragmatism
(syllabus for PHIL 420)

Winter 2019
PHIL 102 Ethics
(syllabus for PHIL 102)

Spring 2019
PHIL 615 Continental Philosophy: Genealogy & Realism in Political Theory
(syllabus for PHIL 615)

Fall 2019
PHIL 307 Social and Political Philosophy
(syllabus for PHIL 307)

Winter 2020
PHIL 344 Introduction to Philosophy of Law
(syllabus for PHIL 344)

Spring 2020
PHIL 410/510 Media Archaeology
(syllabus for PHIL 410/510)

Fall 2020
PHIL 607 Philosophy and Teaching Seminar

Winter 2021
PHIL 607 Philosophy and Teaching Seminar

Spring 2021
PHIL 607 Philosophy and Teaching Seminar
COLT 618 Media Theory

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