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Email: poplar@brandeis.edu

David Poplar

David Poplar

After a brief thirteen-year stint practicing law, I went back to school at the University of Pennsylvania, where I recently completed a multidisciplinary program that allowed me to study creative writing, philosophy, and religion. Although I began with an emphasis on creative writing, my long-standing interest in philosophy soon took over. I still keep a foot in the arts camp, however, and continue to serve as a teaching assistant for ModPo, Penn’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on modern American poetry.

 
While I have a number of philosophical interests, I am particularly drawn to the philosophy of religion – from the epistemology of faith-based belief systems to the ethical and philosophical issues surrounding religious toleration. I also have a strong interest in the pragmatic implications of religion and its intersection with law and society, especially in how it drives contemporary debates on subjects like intelligent design and public education in the United States. Other areas I enjoy learning about include normative epistemology and epistemology in general, philosophy of language, and philosophy of humor, although there is little apart from golf and reality TV that doesn’t interest me.