Areas of Specialization: History of Science, Philosophy of Science, Medieval History, Medieval Philosophy
Office: JO 5.109
Office Hours: T: 4:30-5:30, Th: 4:30-5:30
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
My name is Patrick Dennis, and I am one of the Humanities faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. In my work, I focus on the history and philosophy of science in general and that of the Middle Ages in particular. I teach courses ranging from "Explorations in the Humanities" (HUMA 1301), to "Perspectives on Science" (HIST 3327), to "Topics in Intellectual History" (HIST 4380).
Much of my research focuses on mathematical thought during the Middle Ages and on that of Roger Bacon in particular. In doing so, my research also extends to the history of medieval science and its connections with the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition, I am fascinated by the ways in which literary works incorporate and explore scientific ideas. Of particular interest to me is the role that science and technology play in shaping utopian and dystopian societies in literary works.
I encourage my students to find connections between the works they enjoy reading outside of class and the works discussed in class. In one particular example of this, when students see how popular "dystopian" works today connect to the tradition of dystopian literature as it has developed over the past century. In my history of science courses, I encourage students to see the connections between ancient and medieval approaches to scientific problems and how they are approached today.
Before beginning to teach at the University of Texas at Dallas, I taught courses at various community colleges in the area, most notably Richland College and Collin College. I have been teaching courses at the University of Texas at Dallas since 2007.
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Patrick Dennis
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, December 2011
M.A., The University of Texas at Dallas, May 2002
B.A., The University of Texas at Dallas, May 1999
Curriculum Vitae: Patrick Dennis's CV