Andrew J. Corsa is a professor in the Dialogues of Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences at Lynn University. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Syracuse University and his area of specialization is the history of moral and political philosophy. His research has focused on historical philosophers such as Plato, Hobbes, Hume, and Thoreau. He is also interested in recent work in moral psychology, particularly as it pertains to understanding emotion. Much of his research focuses on understanding the notion of magnanimity or greatness of soul. Speaking roughly, magnanimity is identical to a good form of pride. Imagine someone who climbs to the top of Mount Everest, looks down at the world, and laughs in joy for what he has accomplished through his power. That is the passion of magnanimity.
Dr. Corsa is also interested in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, particularly in relation to theater, film, and computer art. He is currently working on a major project, exploring the work of the artists LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner in relation to a number of philosophical problems.
B.A., Vassar College
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Andrew J. Corsa encourages his students to engage in dialogue with each other, with him, and with authors read for class. Students learn to carefully listen and read, and not to dismiss any position out of hand, but rather to carefully consider its merits and justifications, as well as reasons why it might be mistaken. Students also reflect on how people who have embraced different world views have both influenced their cultures and been influenced by them. Working with Dr. Corsa, students learn how to closely and critically read religious texts and works of literature, and they learn to articulate and evaluate philosophical, logically valid arguments.
Dr. Corsa hopes that his students will finish his courses with a greater ability to reflect on the world logically, carefully, and thoughtfully, from a variety of different perspectives. Dr. Corsa believes that, regardless of students’ occupations or life experiences, these abilities will assist students to be innovators and front-runners who lead with respect.
Dr. Corsa’s students write papers, engage in group-work, create outlines and slideshows, and give presentations in front of the class. Guided by Dr. Corsa, students improve their skills in effective oral and written communication and critical thinking. These skills will contribute to students’ success, no matter their occupation or life experiences.