Areas of Specialty: Existential Phenomenology of Mindfulness, Philosophy of Mind (Mind-Body Theory). Consciousness
Areas of Interest: 4E Cognition/Integrated Information Theory, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion, and Socio-Political Philosophy
Miami Dade College
Links to my Miami Dade College classes. (Starting Spring 2023)
Introduction to Philosophy (PHI-2010)
Critical Thinking/Ethics (PHI-2640)
Mr. J's Folk Philosophy
The world of academic philosophy has become clogged and stagnant with high-brow language and theory that keeps philosophy from those who desperately need it - EVERYONE. Academics have also turned the term "folk" into a quasi-slur, and that elitism needs to end. It's time for everyone to have access to philosophy of all sorts.
Mr. J's Folk Philosophy will take many forms, but will be available to everyone in some form:
Merleau-Pontian Conception of Mindfulness
Current project with Dr. Ron McClamrock
Phenomenology of Fear & Anxiety: What We Can Learn
Something is phenomenologically fascinating about the experience of fear and anxiety. Fear, in all its forms, has a powerful place in our psychology, and that power can turn fretful angst and mere worry into consuming terror. We can also transmute our fears into objects to be managed through phenomenological and psychological analysis. Dealing with them and how we think about things, rather than allowing fear and worry to become a consuming and unreflective thing that controls the character of how we think and act. This paper recasts the role of anxiety and fear by phenomenologically examining the multifaceted aspect of intentionality contained within an anxious and fearful experience. By moving away from the raw, qualia-based, biological, and fundamental conceptions, this approach uncovers knowledge of our intentional stance toward the world that otherwise gets caught in typical psychological responses of fight or flight. I borrow methodologies from well-known phenomenological sources and illuminate how anxiety and fear interact with our beliefs, desires, and knowledge.
Religious Conversion: A Phenomenal Curiosity
COVID-19 and the Fallacy of 'Race'
It is a widely accepted scientific fact that ‘race’ has no universal or meaningful biological determinate or referent to one particular social group, ethnicity, geographical boundary, or culture within the use of the term. However, ongoing studies of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Centers for Disease Control and individual State Departments of Health are reporting a disparity of mortality among certain ‘races.’ The conflation of this pandemic’s mortality rates and the term ‘race’ might allow for sensational and diversional coverage in the news but comes at the price of severely increasing epistemic injustice surrounding the use of the term. We should move away from using 'race' as a meaningful category and instead focus on the direct causal factors behind the statistical trends.