Hansen studied philosophy at BYU as an undergraduate, where he wrote an honors thesis under Dan Graham: “On Modal Readings of Parmenides’ Way of Truth.” He took his PhD from UCLA, where he wrote a dissertation under John Carriero and Calvin Normore: "Worlds Apart: an Interpretation of Leibnizian Perceiving.” He was visiting assistant professor at Southern Virginia University before becoming assistant professor at BYU.
Hansen loves cheering for BYU’s sports teams, and teaching BYU’s students. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Bulgaria Sofia Mission.
Research InterestsRationalism (especially Leibniz, Spinoza, Descartes)
Philosophy of Mind (especially perception and point of view)
Epistemology (especially self-knowledge)
Teaching InterestsPhilosophy 202 (History of Philosophy 2)
Philosophy 205 (Introduction to Formal Logic and Critical Reasoning)
Philosophy 340R (Continental Rationalists; Descartes; Spinoza; Leibniz)
Philosophy 422 (Epistemology)
Philosophy 424 (Mind)