Many people around me have been so incredibly supportive lately by encouraging me to write more. I can't believe it's been four years since I got a job after grad school, and thus, four years since I've been in the practice of regular, philosophical writing. It's been a good but somewhat confusing space - I … Continue reading Positive Philosophy & Feminist Friendship – My work over the past several years
Dear Elliott, Let me begin by extending my most sincere apology for letting so much time lapse before responding to your message. In the spirit of publicly thinking through philosophical issues, I hope you also accept this very public reply as an acceptable way to engage with the topics you presented, namely this: What possibilities does schooling present for instilling … Continue reading A Letter to Elliott: On Education, Philosophy, and Feminism, Or, What Sucks About School and What We Can Do About It
Evidently, there's a fine line between "making it" and "utter failure," and, right now, I'm managing to stand squarely on it. There's less than a week before this chapter of my life ends and I move on from graduate school and happily settle back into one of my favorite places doing different and unsettlingly-unspecified-at-this-point things. … Continue reading I May Be a Failure, But At Least I’m Not Bitter
This post feels hard to start. I can't let on to too many details (which is already part of the problem) but I hope to write. I need to write. So let me try. For the past couple of years I've been thinking and writing about many of the same topics: Academic philosophy. Graduate school. … Continue reading To Love Strong and Do Right: Or, When I Nearly Peed My Pants
my heart, my body, my brain The waiting of three months with not-knowing certainty pushed me to new limits of patience and understanding. With its end came sadness, but at least also a sense of finality. In the three weeks that have passed I've been trying to openly embrace my transition into a different phase, … Continue reading The Difficult Silence of Ineffability
A strange and unsettling image haunted me all throughout last semester. It was that of the isolated individual. It took a while for me to realize that many of the frustrations I felt during conversations in my ethics seminars, discussions with my own class, and even while processing some of the reactions to the Penn … Continue reading The Isolated Individual, and one way to resist being her.
I just returned from what a friend and faculty member referred to as "the death-march known as the Eastern APA." Very much like last year, and quite unlike what most people report about their experiences there, I had a really great time. I'm not kidding, exaggerating, or indulging in some weird kind of masochism--I really … Continue reading Multiple Models of Marketability: My Encouraging Realization from the Eastern APA