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Samuel Cocks

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Philosophy of Mind, Asian Philosophy, 19th/20th Century Continental Philosophy, & Environmental Philosophy

Current courses at UWL

Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 100)

Topics in Philosophy:  Self, World, and Freedom (PHL 300)

Philosophy of Mind (PHL 333)

Environmental Ethics (PHL 341)

Asian Philosophy (PHL 349)

Philosophy Capstone (PHL 496)

Introductory Neuroscience (NEU 200)

Neuroscience Capstone (NEU 490) 




BA Philosophy, Christopher Newport University 1995
MA Philosophy, New School for Social Research 2001
Ph.D. Philosophy, New School for Social Research 2008


Research and publishing

“Enhancing Students’ Mindfulness Practice Through Philosophy of Mind,” in Contemplative Practices and Anti-oppressive Pedagogies for Higher Education: Bridging the Disciplines. United Kingdom: Routledge.2022.


“Leisure and the Dao” in Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory.  Springer (2017).


“Environmental Pluralism, Polar Harmonies, and Resolution,” Dialogue and Universalism 27 (4): 9-21. 2017.


“Wang Yangming on Spontaneous Action, Mind as Mirror, and Personal Depth,” Journal for Chinese Philosophy 42 (3-4):  342-358.  2015.


 “Husserl on Normativity, Love, and Hope,” in The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology, Volume 2.  New York:  Peter Lang,  2015.


“Anthropocentric and Ecocentric: An Application of Environmental Philosophy to the Outdoor Education Profession.”   Journal of Experiential Education.  September 2015  (Vol. 38, No. 3).


“Husserl on Type, Animal Life, and Cross-Species Morality:  A Prolegomena to a Husserlian Account of Human-Animal Relationships,” in The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology, Volume 1, No. 1.  New York:  Peter Lang, 2014.


“Wang Yangming and Environmental Ethics,” in Dialogue and Universalism, On-Line, Volume 3, No. 1, 2012.



Samuel Cocks, Philosophy, authored the article "A Neo-Confucian Architectural Ethic" in Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy and was accepted for publication by Springer.

Submitted on: Oct. 31, 2023



Samuel Cocks, Philosophy, and Steven Simpson, Provost's Office, co-authored the chapter "Leisure and the Dao " in The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory published on April 20, 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Submitted on: April 21, 2017



Samuel Cocks, Philosophy, presented "Wang Yangming and Being One with Inanimate Objects" at the Wisconsin Philosophical Association's Annual Meeting on April 9, 2016 in Eau Claire, WI.

Submitted on: April 20, 2016



Samuel Cocks, Philosophy, presented "Food Ethics For Real: Ethical Remainder, Grief, Disharmony, and Rectification" at the Viterbo University Conference on Food Ethics on April 15, 2016 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: April 20, 2016