Peter Shea


Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy

I teach ethics primarily, in impersonal online courses and in residential high-intensity 24/7 contexts. I also have long-term video production projects: I have produced the regional cable show The Bat of Minerva for 18 years. I have also done work on philosophy for children and philosophy in the schools and on various experiments in participatory, democratic learning and teaching in the spirit of Myles Horton, John Dewey, and the programs of Reggio Emilia. I also review children's books from a philosophical perspective. In the past, I have been heavily engaged in public programs in the humanities and in efforts to enrich the public education environment. I preach occasionally in the Roman Catholic tradition and find that activity my purest creative outlet. I am married, with two grown children, and live in north Minneapolis. We have a poodle named 'Charlie' who is our best therapist and a good friend.


Macalester, U of MN

Courses Taught


PHI-102 (Racism and Sexism)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
PHI-101Philosophy for Children52012/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2008/JN
PHI-105School and Society42012/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
PHI-108Great Philosophers32013/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
PHI-201Ancient Philosophy22013/FA and 2007/FA
PHI-102Racism and Sexism22006/FA
PHI-103Mind and Matter12012/SP
PHI-247Applied Ethics12008/SP