Commonly Taught Courses
HONORS 100 (Illustrated Journaling) PHIL 150 (Freshman Writing) PHIL 213 (Introduction to Ethics) PHIL 214 (Introduction to Philosophy of Art) PHIL 214 (Introduction to Film Artistry, Theory, and Criticism) PHIL 300 (Advanced Philosophical Writing) PHIL 340R (Nietzsche) PHIL 350R (Heidegger) PHIL 350R (Levinas) PHIL 350R (Derrida) PHIL 350R (Phenomenology) PHIL 350R (Philosophy of Psychology) PHIL 414R (Advanced Philosophy of Art and Architecture) PHIL 414R (Philosophy of Film)
Travis Anderson grew up in the foothills of San Jose, California, where a trip to the public library one summer introduced him to Plato. After completing missionary service in the wilds of coastal and central Mexico , he returned to BYU and earned a BA in philosophy and a BFA in studio art, graduating summa cum laude with honors. He subsequently completed graduate degrees in philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. In Chicago he met and married Diane Hixson. After accepting a teaching position at BYU he traded in his motorcycle and sailboard for a house, a minivan, and some really great kids. Then he bought a truck, and much to his wife’s dismay, another motorcycle.
Outside his office, Dr. Anderson spends his free time motorcycling, gardening, skiing, hiking, and painting landscapes of Southern Utah. Inside his office (when he’s not preparing to teach marvelous BYU students), he spends his time wishing he were outside his office–motorcycling, gardening, skiing, hiking, and painting.
Dr. Anderson’s advice for choosing a major: Remember the hobbies, activities and pursuits about you were most passionate as a teenager, then reflect on how the courses and programs you are most enjoying as a university student have amplified or expanded your existing passions. Finally, choose a career path that will allow you to feed one or more of those passions on a daily basis in the company of others who share them.
Dr. Anderson’s favorite philosophy texts: Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time and Plato’s Symposium.
Dr. Anderson’s favorite films: Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia, and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.
“A Philosophical Gardener.” 2012 BYU Radio Interview with Dean Duncan on “This’ll Take a While”
“Illuminating Your Life: Illustrated Journaling.” 2012 Video short for BYU College of Humanities
“Iranian and Mormon Film.” 2010 BYU Radio interview with Marcus Vincent on “Thinking Aloud”
Research InterestsPhenomenology; philosophy of art, film and architecture; contemporary French and German philosophy (primarily Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, Nietzsche); philosophy of psychology; history and philosophy of film; philosophy of economics; studio drawing and painting; writing and critical thinking pedagogy
Teaching InterestsPhenomenology; philosophy of art, film and architecture; modern German philosophy, and contemporary French and German philosophy; philosophy of psychology; history of philosophy and Western civilization; film history, conventions and theory; studio drawing and painting, and art journaling; writing and critical thinking
- Department of Philosophy: Department Chair (2012 - 2016)
- International Cinema Program, College of Humanities: Director (2000 - 2006)
- Editor, Associate Editor, Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (2014 - 2015)