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Thomas Blackson

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Thomas Blackson was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He went to college in the Midwest. When he graduated, he wasn't sure what to do. He moved to Cambridge, since some friends were moving there. He worked in computers, first at Instrumentation Laboratory and later at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a few years, he took a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His first academic jobs were visiting positions. He was a visiting assistant professor at North Carolina State University for two years and at Arizona State University for two years. His first permanent position was at Temple University. After three years, he was promoted with tenure to associate professor. He never much liked living in the East, so he took a reduction in rank and returned to Arizona State University when a permanent job became available. Two years later, he was tenured and promoted to associate professor for a second time.

Education
  • Ph.D. Philosophy. University of Massachusetts 1988
  • B.A. De Pauw University 1980
Research Interests

Please consult my academic web page for information about me.  

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 581Studies in Ancient Greek Phil
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 581Studies in Ancient Greek Phil
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 584Internship
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 584Internship
PHI 587Topics in the History of Phil
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 584Internship
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 319Philosophy, Computing & AI
PHI 333Symbolic Logic
PHI 420Topics in Philosophy
PHI 499Individualized Instruction
PHI 591Seminar
PHI 592Research
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 328History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 394Special Topics
PHI 499Individualized Instruction
PHI 599Thesis
PHI 799Dissertation
Service
  • Curriculum Committee, member (2013 - Present)