Alex Wolf-Root
Thursday 3-5 PM and by appointment on Zoom

Teaching in Fall 21:
PHIL 2240 (001 & 002) – Philosophy and Sports
PHIL 1350 – Knowledge, Mind, and Reality

After years of playing with more “standard” issues in analytic metaphysics – time-travel, concrete talking donkeys, individuals & properties, those sorts of things – I’ve found my niche in the philosophy of sport and games. My dissertation was still broadly metaphysical, but it was around the metaphysics of sport and games. In it I investigated conceptual issues such as playing a game, being part of a game, and doping.

Beyond metaphysical issues, I’m interested in applied ethics of sport and games. I designed a new “Philosophy and Sports” course for CU, and through it have had the opportunity to engage with students about a range of important contemporary issues in sport, from athletes using their platform for political purposes to gender inequality. And as a former college athlete (albeit a bad one, in a “non-revenue” sport, at a “Mid-Major”), I have a special passion for issues of college sports. As central as college sports are to so many of us, the status quo is simply unacceptable.

Outside of sport and games, I’m interested in a wide range of applied ethical issues, from our “criminal punishment” system to privacy & autonomy concerns around technology to animal ethics. And I still have a passion for the metaphysical issues that first made me fall in love with philosophy!

Putting ethics into action, I’m a proud founding member and inaugural president for United Campus Workers Colorado – the wall-to-wall union for all CU campuses –itself the founding unit of CWA Local 7799, whose Public Workers for the Public Good also include workers at Denver Health, UCHealth, and Denver Public Libraries. More personally, my major passion is running. I’ve competed at the HS, NCAA, and post-collegiate level, racing from 800m to the marathon.

For my CV, publications, and a bit more, click through to my website here.