I May Be a Failure, But At Least I’m Not Bitter

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

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To Love Strong and Do Right: Or, When I Nearly Peed My Pants

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

The Isolated Individual, and one way to resist being her.

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.

Multiple Models of Marketability: My Encouraging Realization from the Eastern APA

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

Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy

**This week I've been following the conversation on a feminist philosophy listserv about an article that appeared this week in The Chronicle. With each message that gets posted I've wanted to add something from my prospective as a grad student who passionately teaches philosophy to non-majors, but as I started to write, my response got … Continue reading Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy