Will Heusser

Philosophy & Religious Studies | Social Sciences

Email: wheusser@cypresscollege.edu

Phone: (714) 484-7010

Office Hours: Varies: email me, stop by the Social Sciences office, or check a current syllabus if you have one

Location: Humanities-222 A

About Professor Heusser

Will Heusser is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Cypress College. He has taught philosophy at Santa Monica College, Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles, and the University of Rochester in upstate New York. Will was born in the rainy but beautiful Northwest (Portland) and attended Pierce College before transferring to UCLA. Here he obtained a degree in Philosophy, an anti-rationalist and anti-postmodernist bias, as well as strong views on subliminal messages. He did his graduate work on a Presidential Fellowship at the University of Rochester.

He has worked in the private sector for a Test Preparation Company, spent over a decade serving as a private tutor, and has taught secondary level mathematics at an urban Title I school in Los Angeles. Other interests of his include basketball (lives for weekend pick-up games), films, skiing, and chess (Took “Top Senior” Trophy in the Southern California High School Championship. Best win was beating the former Oregon State Champion for all ages in a 6 hour match). He also enjoys surfing but this more often than not involves altitudes of about 10 feet below sea level.

Will’s area of specialization is in the early Modern period of Philosophy with a particular interest in historical epistemology and metaphysics.  His current interests (this year) are in the places where philosophical issues and contemporary film intersect. He is also interested more generally in The History of Logic, Meta-Ethics, Eastern Religion, Political Philosophy, Critical Thinking as a discipline, and the possibilities of merging philosophy with programming technology (such as the internet).

Recommended Course

PHIL 100 C Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy is more of a way of life for me rather than a mere academic discipline. Some of the topics we cover in this intro course will be theoretical in nature but others will extend to more personal questions about our humanity and the nature of existence. If you take one or more of my courses, I hope I will be able to share some of my passion for the subject.