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Erin Lovenia Eaker

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
201-D Monroe Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

My research interests are in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Biology and Environmental Philosophy. I think a lot about the concepts of nature and human nature: How do the biological sciences help us understand ourselves and our relation to the rest of the natural world? I also think a lot about beliefs: What are we doing when we ascribe beliefs to ourselves and others? What are legitimate ways of forming beliefs? How should people navigate perceived conflicts between their religious beliefs and the consensus of the scientific community? I try to address these abstract issues in a concrete and timely way in some of my classes where we might, e.g., dissect political debates about anthropogenic climate change or childhood vaccinations; explore evolutionary explanations for human behavior; or discuss the role of science and values in economic, environmental and public health policy.

As an Association Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, I enjoy getting to know students and advising them as they carve their unique paths through the University. I also teach in the Department of Philosophy, where I might be found teaching a course on the Philosophy of Language, Biology, or the Environment. 

FORU 1500: Introduction to the Forums
Credits: 3
This course will introduce first-year students to their forum topic. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums.)
FORU 1510: Continuing the Forum
Credits: 1
This course follows the first-semester introductory forum class and keeps students engaged in the content of their forum. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums.)
FORU 2500: Forum Capstone Experience
Credits: 3
This course is the capstone course for forum students. It is to be taken in the fourth semester by forum students only. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums).
PHIL 2500: Survey on a Philosophical Topic
Credits: 3
A lecture series on the various topics central to Philosophy.
ANTH 2559: New Course in Anthropology
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of anthropology.
PHIL 3010: Darwin and Philosophy
Credits: 3
This course investigates the history and the scientific and philosophical implications of Darwin's revolutionary idea that the wholly unguided process of natural selection could explain the magnificent variety and adaptedness of living things and their descent from a common ancestor. One of the philosophical topics we will explore is how scientific theories are supported by evidence and how science yields knowledge