Gordon B. Mower

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

4091 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

My teaching style is learner directed and involves in-class activities to reinforce knowledge acquired outside the class. I emphasize active learning and the learning the processes of reasoning, writing, and research and student reflection on what they have learned. I have taught college all along the Wasatch Front, and I especially enjoy the teaching environment of BYU. The students here are particularly well-prepared. I also like teaching within the spiritual climate at BYU.


I am primarily a moral and political philosopher and a historian of philosophy. This primary emphasis has led me into a wide-ranging set of areas attached to it: early modern philosophy, classical Chinese philosophy, and most lately, Korean philosophy. These associated fields of study are not, however, merely normative, and as a result of engaging within them, I have been drawn broader areas of philosophy: metaphysics and epistemology. Skepticism has been one of my recurrent themes. I have studied normative issues of property, legalism, and moral psychology for the past several years.

Selected Publications

• “Soldiers and Heroes.” Teaching Ethics 13.2 (2013):
• “Hume on Suicide.” The European Legacy 18.5 (2013):
• “Confucianism and Civic Virtue.” Social Philosophy
Today 29 (2013): 75-87.
• “Mengzi and Hume on Extending Virtue.” Philosophy East
and West 66.2 (2016): 475-487.
• “Doubts about Liberal Forms of Civic Education.”
Social Philosophy Today 32 (2016): 59-72.
• “Property as Place, East and West.” International
Communication of Chinese Culture 4.3 (August 2017)
• “Does Han Fei Have a Conception of Justice?” Asian
Philosophy 28.2 (2018)
• “Risks for Angels: Doubts about Political Resistance
in Montaigne and Hume.” Kritikos Volume 15 (Summer
2018), ISSN 1552-5112.
• “Transmitting Rather than Innovating: Confucius as
Skeptical Conservative.” International
Communication of Chinese Culture 6.3 (September
2019) 379-394.
• “Mozi and the Family.” The Philosophical Forum: A
Quarterly 51.1 (Spring 2020) 67-80.
• “Make Way for Women: Philosophical Adaptation of
Confucian Property Practices.” Culture and Dialogue
8.2 (Oct. 2020): 323-341.


One of the things I appreciate most about being a scholar at Brigham Young University is the opportunity of participating in a set of scholarly communities: my department, college, university, and the professional community of philosophers. Also included in that scholarly community, of course, are the students. I have found service to be very satisfying in my professional life, and I enjoy serving within this network of scholarly relations.

Citizenship assignments

I currently serve as the chair of our department committee that oversees student internships and mentoring.
I also serve on our department executive committee.

Professional Website

Gordon B. Mower

PHIL 202-004 (History of Philosophy 2):
TTH 5:00-6:15 p.m.
1103 JKB
PHIL 313
TTH 12:30-1:45 p.m.
1131A JFSB
PHIL 360R-001 (Chinese Philosophy):
TTH 3:30-4:45 p.m.
4082 JFSB
Office Hours:
4091 JFSB