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Lewis Trelawny-Cassity

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Office: 224 McGregor Hall

Phone: 937-319-0113

E-mail: lcassity@antiochcollege.edu

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lewis Trelawny-Cassity’s areas of teaching interest are the history of philosophy, political philosophy, and environmental ethics. As an undergraduate, Lew majored in English Literature and Environmental Policy at Warren Wilson College. After a few years of working in a plumbing warehouse in Kendall Square, Massachusetts and volunteering at Gould Farm, a community for adults with mental illness in Monterey, Massachusetts, Lew completed a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Boston College, where he was awarded a Bradley Fellowship. After Boston College, Lew went on to get his PhD at Binghamton University’s philosophy department, where he wrote his dissertation on Plato’s Laws.

At Antioch, Lew enjoys teaching classes, playing basketball and ping pong with community members, and serving on the Farm Committee and the Community Council. Currently, Lew is part of a three-year grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association that seeks to develop undergraduate research in ancient philosophy through multi-campus student-faculty collaboration and yearly student conferences. Lew also teaches classes that combine philosophy with cooking and farming.

EDUCATION

  • M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Binghamton University

  • M.A., Political Science, Boston College

  • B.A., English Literature, Environmental Policy, Warren Wilson College

COURSES

  • GSC 210: Continued Studies in Global Seminar: On Eating, Cooking, and Thinking This course is intended to explore the nature of eating, cooking, and cuisine through a combination of experiential, practical, ethical, cultural, and philosophical approaches. Students in this course will: 1) develop their cooking skills to prepare them for co-op and life after graduation; 2) investigate eating through the practice of mindfulness; 3) investigate the ontological and philosophical aspects of eating; 4) reflect critically on the concepts of diet and cuisine; 5) study the ethics of the eating of animals; 6) explore the connections between eating and ecology; and 7) explore the social, cultural, and religious dimensions of eating with others.

  • PHIL 440: Selected Topics in Contemporary Philosophy: Heidegger’s Being and Time This iteration of PHIL 440 will be focused on a close reading of the Introduction and Division One of Heidegger’s Being and Time. Students are expected to read Being and Time carefully, with an aim to understanding the key terms, concepts, and overall structure of this challenging text.

  • PHIL 299: Independent Study: Aristotle’s Politics This independent study will be a seminar focused on a close reading of Aristotle’s Politics. Students are expected to read all of the Politics, investigate secondary sources, and actively participate in class discussions. This course is part of a Great Lakes Colleges Association collaborative undergraduate teaching and research project. As part of this course, students are expected to present or comment on a paper at a conference held at Antioch College. This course will meet for approximately 22.5 hours during the quarter, not including the mandatory conference at Antioch or the optional conference at Earlham. In order to meet the credit requirement for this course and to fulfill its learning objectives, students are expected to spend at least 45 hours outside of class on the Politics.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

Selected Articles

  • “On the Foundation of Theology in Plato’s Laws,” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Spring 2014).

  • “tēn tou aristou doxan  On the Theory and Practice of Punishment in Plato's Laws,” Polis: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2010).

Selected Presentations

  • “On Eating, Thinking, and Cooking,” with Isaac DeLamatre, 2016 Food Systems Workshop: Teaching About Food Systems: Creating a Community of Practice,” Columbia University, Institute of Human Nutrition, New York, 27 July 2016.

  • “Remarks on Laws 623e3-4 and its Context,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, 24 October 2015.

  •  “Comments on Kevin Miles’ “Animal Allegory and the Politics of Zeus in Hesiod’s Theogony,” GLCA Ancient Philosophy Workshop, Wabash College, 24 September 2015.

  • “Uncovering the Athenian Stranger’s Debts to Tyrtaeus and Theognis,” Society for Greek Political Thought Panel, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 9 September 2015.