Alex Wolf-Root

Hellems 15

T/F 11:15-12:15 and by appointment

Teaching in Spring 21: PHIL 1500 sections 003, 004; PHIL 2240 100


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 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 (though issues there connect everywhere!), I’m interested in ethical issues connected to our “criminal justice” system and advancements in technology. I recently (F’19) had the opportunity to teach a course on Philosophy and Law, and last semester (S’20) taught Ethics and Information Technology (the perfect course for a proud flip-phone owner!).


Putting ethics into action, I’m a proud organizer and current president for United Campus Workers Colorado, the wall-to-wall union for all CU campuses. 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.