Sharon E Mason

I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Central Arkansas, and my courses include Theories of Knowledge, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Symbolic Logic, and Philosophy for Living. My research focuses on contemporary epistemology, and I have written on topics such as agency and reflection in Ernest Sosa’s virtue epistemology, how metaphors of perspectivality influence accounts of the first-person perspective, and how gaps in conceptual resources in the epistemology of science contribute to climate change denial. Other areas of research interest include the epistemology of ignorance, standpoint theory, and philosophical pedagogy.

I see pedagogy as a natural extension of my epistemological interests, especially since education is inescapably value-laden. Recently I have been exploring ways to engage students with thinking about and developing intellectual virtues such as curiosity, attentiveness, openmindedness, intellectual humility, and courage. I tend to think that one of the best things I can do as a teacher is to inspire students to be curious about the world and to help them develop skills to turn this curiosity into an active, life-long interest in learning.

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