Michael Zarella

Adjunct Faculty, Philosophy

Mr. Michael Zarella

CHBS 4126

M.A., Virginia Tech

Biographical Statement

I teach a variety of courses face-to-face and online. In all my courses, philosophy is presented as an activity that strives to clarify questions and potential answers in matters central to being human: what can we know about ourselves and the world; how can we explain conscious experience; do we act freely, and if so, how should we live—how should we face death? My courses emphasize writing; through writing and revising papers, students think deeply about the questions we discuss.

Mr. Zarella is the 2018–2019 recipient of the department's Gilburt Goffstein Award for Teaching Excellence.

Courses Offered

  • PHIL 111: Knowledge & Reality
  • PHIL 112: Ethics & Society
  • PHIL 201: Medieval & Renaissance philosophy
  • PHIL 340: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 380: Aesthetics