Welcome to Wrestling with Philosophy, official website for Amitabha Palmer. This website provides resources and ideas for teachers and students of philosophy. For my podcast cohosted with Aaron Yarmel check out Philosophy for the Vulgar or find us on any major podcast app.
My Philosophical Interests
My current philosophical interests are the relationship between conspiracism, science denialism, polarization, and public policy within the context of democratic theory. I’m also interested in how these variables interact within the medical context. For example, what does informed consent look like when people are deeply misinformed and impervious to the contradictory evidence they hear? Do healthcare professionals have additional duties beyond mere disclosure in these cases? Is it permissible for healthcare professionals to persuade such patients?
I earned my PhD in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University and my MA from the University in Houston. My dissertation was on how widespread science denialism and conspiracism affect democratic policymaking. I primarily teach medical ethics, political philosophy, ethics, and critical thinking. I am the current Clinical Ethics Fellow at MD Anderson/University of Texas in Houston.
Outside of philosophy, I’m an avid judoka and grappler. Before moving to Houston, I coached the BGSU Judo and Grappling club and previously coached the University of Houston Grappling Club. My dream is to teach my Philosophy and Martial Arts course as a for-credit course. Ideally it would combine training in the dojo with learning the philosophy of martial arts. The philosophical and technique/strategy lessons in the dojo mutually reenforce each other making it the ultimate course in applied philosophy!
For over a decade I taught and performed salsa/merengue/reggaeton/yoruba all over the world. I still go out dancing but not as regularly as I used to. My other hobbies include hiking and camping with my dog Otis Ponens. You can find us every weekend in a nearby forest and every summer camping in the Rockies.
Visit my other websites for more resources:
- For my free online critical thinking course and textbook go to: reasoningforthedigitalage.com
- For my nascent website on propaganda (compilation of case studies, examples, and explanations) go to: propagandaplaybook.wordpress.com
- Philosophy for the Vulgar podcast with Aaron Yarmel
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Amitabha Palmer at philosophami(AT)gmail.com