Matthew Bower | Philosophy & Religion

Matthew Bower

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M.A. Philosophy, University of Toledo (2010)
B.A. Philosophy, Green Mountain College (2008)
Cultural Criticism, Critical Theory, Film/Media Theory, Philosophy of Architecture/Urbanism, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology, Environmental Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae
MATTHEW SCOTT BOWER
Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310920
Denton, TX 76203-0920
http://www.phil.unt.edu
Tel: (484) 459-3167, Fax: (940) 565-4448
Email: matthew.s.bower@gmail.com
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EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy – Philosophy, University of North Texas, A.B.D.
Dissertation: “Catastrophe in Permanence: Walter Benjamin and the Critique of Nature”
Chair: Irene Klaver; Committee: René Boomkens, Jennifer Way, David Kaplan
Master of Arts – Philosophy, The University of Toledo, May 2010
Thesis: “Ecological Reconstruction: Pragmatism and the More-Than-Human Community”
Chair: James Campbell; Committee: Ashley Pryor, Ammon Allred
Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy, magna cum laude, Green Mountain College, May 2008
Honors Thesis: “The Two Futures of American Pragmatism”
Chair: Steven Fesmire; Committee: William Throop, Heather Keith, Matthew Osborn
FIELDS OF STUDY
Area of Specialization: Cultural Criticism, Critical Theory, Film/Media Theory, Philosophy of
Architecture/Urbanism, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology, Environmental Philosophy
Area of Competence: 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy, American Pragmatism, Eastern and
Comparative Philosophy, Animal Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Ecological Theory, Modern Philosophy
PRESENTATIONS
• “Flatiron Spleen” Philosophy of the City, Brooklyn, NY (December 2013)
• “Catastrophe in Permanence: Eco-Flânerie and the Urban Imagination,” International Association for
Environmental Philosophy, Rochester, NY (November 2012)
• “Bodies on Film: The Neorealist Image of Encounter,” North Texas Philosophical Association, Denton,
TX (April 2012)
• “As Seen From Space: Technology and Environmental Imagination,” International Association for
Environmental Philosophy, Philadelphia, PA (October 2011)
• “Satellite Imaging and Environmental Perception,” Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences,
Burlington, VT (June 2011)
• “Preliminary Findings on the Impact of Filipino Overseas Field Workers on the Families Left Behind,”
ASIANetwork Conference, Trinity College, San Antonio, TX (March 2008)
• “A Cost Benefit Analysis of the Phenomenon of Filipino OFWs on the Families Left Behind,”
New York Conference on Asian Studies, SUNY, Binghamton, NY (October 2007)
• “Preliminary Findings on the Impact of Filipino Overseas Field Workers on the Families Left Behind,”
Public presentation, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT (October 2007)
PUBLICATIONS
• “Flatiron Spleen,” Metropolitan Trails: Broadway Transect (Forthcoming: Fall 2014).
• “Illuminated Topologies,” Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology (Forthcoming: Fall 2014).
• “Resort Urbanism,” CLOG: REM (2014), pp. 38-39.
• “Porosity and Materiality” Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology 24:1 (2013), pp. 12-15.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
• Instructor, Environmental Issues, Spring 2012, University of North Texas
• Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy, Fall 2011, University of North Texas
• Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy, Summer 2011, University of North Texas
• Online Instructor, Contemporary Moral Problems, Summer 2011, University of Toledo
• Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy, Spring 2011, University of North Texas
• Instructor, Current Moral Issues, Fall 2010, University of North Texas
• Instructor, Eastern Philosophy, Fall 2009, University of Toledo
• Teaching Assistant, Contemporary Moral Problems, Spring 2010, University of Toledo
• Teaching Assistant, Contemporary Moral Problems, Spring 2009, University of Toledo
• Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Philosophy, Fall 2008, University of Toledo
• Undergraduate Teaching Practicum, Philosophical Reflections on Our Cultural and Natural
Environment, Fall 2007, Green Mountain College
• Tutor, Introduction to Logic, Spring 2006, Green Mountain College
• Tutor, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Human Ecology, Fall 2007-Spring 2008, Calhoun Learning
Center at Green Mountain College
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS
• Scholarship for Continuing Students, $1000, University Scholarship Committee, University of North
Texas (2011-2012)
• Research Assistantship, $200, Dr. Sarah Fredericks, forthcoming book on sustainable development
indexes, University of North Texas (2011)
• Graduate Tuition Scholarship, $6,322 per year, Robert T. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies,
University of North Texas, (2010-2012)
• Graduate Teaching Fellowship, $14,500 per year, University of North Texas College of Arts and
Sciences (2010-2012)
• Academic Achievement Scholarship, $1000 per year, Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies,
University of North Texas, (2010-2012)
• Graduate Teaching Assistantship, $8,000, University of Toledo College of Arts and Sciences, (2009-
2010)
• Undergraduate Research Assistantship, $500, Green Mountain College Arts & Sciences, (2007-2008)
• Freeman Grant, $26,000, ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program for Collaborative
Research in Asia (2007)
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
• Philosophy Honors, Green Mountain College, Spring 2008
• Outstanding Philosophy Senior Award, Green Mountain College, Spring 2008
• President of Agora Philosophy Club, Green Mountain College, Fall 2006 - Spring 2008
GRADUATE COURSEWORK
Walter Benjamin, Irene Klaver
Heidegger, Patricia Glazebrook
Post-War European Cinema, George Larke-Walsh
Philosophy of Water Issues, Irene Klaver
Ethical Theory, J. Baird Callicott
Environmental Ethics, Eugene Hargrove
Environmental Justice, Robert Figueroa
Philosophy of Ecology, Ricardo Rozzi
Modern Philosophy, Martin Yaffe
Foundations of Ecological Theory, Thomas LaPoint
German Idealism, Ammon Allred
American Philosophy, James Campbell
Ecofeminism, Ashley Pryor
Moral Psychology, John Sarnecki
Deleuze and Philosophy of Film, Benjamin Pryor (audited)
Aesthetics, James Campbell
Advanced Logic, Madeline Muntersbjorn
American Intellectual History, James Campbell
Philosophy of Mind, John Sarnecki
Phenomenology, Ammon Allred
William James, James Campbell
MEMBER AFFILIATIONS
• Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
• International Association for Environmental Philosophy
• Society for Phenomenological and Existentialist Philosophy

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