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Faculty Biography - Eric Bottorff

Faculty Biography - Eric Bottorff

Eric Bottorff

Eric Bottorff

Lecturer

B.A. Indiana University
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana

847.635.1950
ejbottorff@gmail.com
Room 2430 Des Plaines


Personal Statement

I was born nearby in Evanston, in 1982.  After graduating from Evanston Township High School, I went onto Indiana University, where, in 2003, I graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Cognitive Science.  Following this, I spent a year in Boulder, where I had the distinctly un-Midwestern experience of waking up every morning, looking out my window, and seeing a mountain.  However, despite the scenic beauty and non-flat terrain, I returned to the Midwest to begin work on a PhdD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  There I received my MA, though for various personal reasons decided to leave before finishing my dissertation, which would have been on the metaphysics of material objects and theories of truth.  In general, my philosophical interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, metaethics, and Nietzsche. Though lately I've been reading a fair amount of contemporary political philosophy as well.

After spending a year and a half working at a locally owned video store in Champaign, where I spent an unjustifiable amount of time watching bad sci-fi and action movies, I decided to return to the Chicago area to teach, which I thoroughly love to do.  My other interests are economics, film, literature, the behavioral sciences, good television (e.g. The Wire, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and the first nine or 10 years of The Simpsons of course), public policy, and, last but not least, Da Bears.

Alumni Profile

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As a student, Jake Harris cofounded Students for Social Justice and lobbied to bring fair trade coffee to Oakton’s cafeterias.

 

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