David Yount, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Philosophy

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Office: BP 43A - Room: BP 13

480-461-7833

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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

Fall 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
29283
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWeFr
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Open

11 of 15
Seats Available

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

29294
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Open

7 of 15
Seats Available

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

PHI212 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 Credits
Philosophical consideration of such moral issues as civil disobedience, preferential treatment, abortion, privacy, sexual morality, and poverty and hunger. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30199
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

9 of 15
Seats Available

Notes: Honors Program Only

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

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
29293
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWeFr
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Open

13 of 16
Seats Available

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

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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