I'M

Justin McBrayer

PHILOSOPHER
TEACHER
SPEAKER
WRITER
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I'm a philosopher. That means I think about important human questions that can't be answered by the methods of science. I teach at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Much of my work focuses on helping ordinary individuals and political bodies to think consistently and carefully about the problems they encounter, the values they embrace, and the evidence they've gathered.

SPECIALIZATIONS & COMPETENCIES

History of Philosophy

Metaphysics

Logic

Ethics (Applied and Meta)

Philosophy of Religion

Epistemology 

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NEW BOOK!
BEYOND FAKE NEWS

Finding the TRUTH in a world of misinformation

Why do we face a fake news problem, and what is the solution?  Part of the explanation is improved technology along with mental blindspots. But another part of the story is the fact that others have incentives to deceive us and we ourselves often lack incentives to get to the truth when it comes to topics like politics, religion, and alternative health. But we can do better, both as individuals and as a society. I show how to do both. As consumers of the news, we can trust ourselves on some topics and learn how to identify the experts for others. As a society, there's a lot we can do to clean up our informational environment and limit the damage of fake news.

BLOG: a space to think

 

video: speaking

 
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COLLEGE SERVICE

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Good leadership requires courage, clear-thinking, and fairness.  This is especially true in the academy where there are multiple stakeholders, each with their own priorities, and a commitment to shared governance.  It turns out that Plato was right: training in philosophy is training for good leadership!  I bring the skills I have honed as a philosopher to bear on the problems facing the communities I lead. That includes the School of Arts & Sciences at Fort Lewis College and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

2020 - present

ASSOCIATE DEAN

Fort Lewis College

2017 - present

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Society of Christian Philosophers

2017 - 2020

CHAIR

Department of Philosophy & Political Science

Fort Lewis College

2016 - 2017

PROJECT LEADER

Explaining Religion Project

John Templeton Foundation

2014 - 2017

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Society of Christian Philosophers

2014 - 2016

BOARD MEMBER

Board of Trustees

Fort Lewis College

2012 - 2016

SENATOR

Faculty Senate

Fort Lewis College

2012 - 2015

MEMBER

Vestry

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church

2009 - 2015

DIRECTOR

Religious Studies Program

Fort Lewis College

2012 - 2014

CO-CHAIR

Academic Standards Committee

Fort Lewis College

2009 - 2014

FACULTY-IN-RESIDENCE

Animas Hall
Fort Lewis College

2011

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Organizational Strategic Planning Committee
Fort Lewis College

2009 - 2011

HONORS COUNCIL

Fort Lewis College

 
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CONTACT

Reach out:
  • With ideas for collaboration

  • With questions and comments about my work

  • With speaking or workshop requests

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