“Wisdom is by far the greatest part of joy, and reverence toward the gods must be safegarded. The mighty words of the proud are paid in full with mighty blows of fate, and at long last those blows will teach us wisdom.” – Sophocles, Antigone

Hi there! I’m Jon, an instructor in the philosophy department at Sacramento State University. My research lies in ethics and Classical Confucianism. I am also interested in the role that technology plays in human flourishing. Human augmentation, artificial intelligence, and personal identity tend to pique my interest. Come visit me during office hours to chat! I will probably be eating a strawberry-flavored Pop-Tart® toaster pastry, because I have a couple boxes of them. You are welcome to have one too, though my stock is limited. I also have candy.


Jonathan Chen
Department of Philosophy
Sacramento State University
6000 J St
Mendocino Hall 3000
Sacramento, CA 95819

Office Hours

Mendocino Hall 3036
Mon & Wed 9:00 – 10:30am


[email protected]


PHIL 2-05 Ethics
PHIL 6-04 Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 6-05 Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 21-01 First Year Seminar


Business and Computer Ethics
Critical Thinking
First Year Seminar
Intro to Philosophy
Intro to Philosophy & Religion