David Yount, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Philosophy

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Office: BP 43A - Room: BP 13

480-461-7833

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Dr. Dave Yount @ (480) 461-7833 or david.yount@mesacc.edu

Office Hours

Profile

Dr. Dave Yount received his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and his Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Yount began teaching at Mesa Community College in the Fall of 2000 and was chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies from 2004 - 2007. He is the author of Plotinus The Platonist: A Comparative Account of Plato and Plotinus’ Metaphysics (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology, and Ethics (Bloomsbury, 2017), and has written a biography of Plotinus in Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece (Ashgate Publishing, 2005). His main philosophical interests lie in ancient philosophy and Buddhism.

For brief synopses of other works he hopes to publish, go here.

Classes Taught

Spring 2022

PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 Credits
General consideration of human nature and the nature of the universe. Knowledge, perception, freedom and determinism, and the existence of God. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
35318
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Closed

28600
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28600 Students may contact instructor at: david.yount@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

30567
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30567 Students may contact instructor at: david.yount@mesacc.edu

PHI213 Medical and Bio-Ethics 3 Credits
A philosophical consideration of moral problems that arise in relation to medicine and biology, e.g., death, patient's rights and biological experimentation. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28606
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/19/2022 - 05/13/2022
MoWeFr
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Class Started

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28606 Students may contact instructor at: david.yount@mesacc.edu

PHI218 Philosophy of Sexuality 3 Credits
Philosophical examination of sexuality in human life. Historical and critical survey of philosophical and theological views. Comparison and evaluation of contemporary theories about the nature of sexual desire and sexual acts. Implications of theories for contemporary moral problems.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107 or permission of Instructor.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30170
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022
TuTh
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Class Started

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30170 Students may contact instructor at: david.yount@mesacc.edu

Honors Program Only

Degrees & Awards

DEGREES:

Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998.

MA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994.

BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Magna Cum Laude, 1986.

AWARDS:

Phi Theta Kappa Mentor Awards, October 27, 2011 and November 13, 2009.

Sabbatical awarded to research for and submit Plotinus:  The Platonist; Fall 2007 – Spring 2008.

Academy for Leadership and Development Certificate; October 2005.

MCC Club Advisor of the Year; May 2003.

Arizona Community College Lifetime Teaching Certificate; July 2001.

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan; inducted April 19, 1986.

Class Honors, University of Michigan; 1983-1986.

James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan; 1985.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Philosophical Association, Lifetime Member.

University of Michigan Alumni Association, Lifetime Member.

Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fall 1994 – Present.

International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, 1993 – Present.

MCCCD Faculty Association, Fall 2000 – Present.

American Philological Association, 2009.

MCC Department Chair Association, September 2004 – May 2007.

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