One day, after feeling very discouraged by the sense that my students "didn't get" why it was worth talking about gender, race, and other social justice issues as we were in my feminist philosophy class, I started with an impromptu mini-lecture on Ugg boots and hermeneutic horizons. As the semester came to an end and … Continue reading A Cat and Some Sparkly Uggs
Rich, lively conversations can be fun, energizing, and illuminating, but sometimes they can also get quite uncomfortable. This is especially evident when our conversations become more than a place for us to merely vent and get things off of our chests by "reporting the facts" ("Oh, he's really nice;" "The lasagna I had last night … Continue reading Why I Fear a “Fear of the Unknown”
As I mentioned in my previous post, I had the great pleasure of meeting up with some really wonderful people last weekend at the Advancing Public Philosophy Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This happy little Think for a Change video is one of my favorite things that came out of my experience there. Danielle La Susa, … Continue reading From the Horse’s Mouth: Why Philosophy?
I've been in Atlanta for the Advancing Public Philosophy Conference over the past few days, which led to many rich conversations, even more introductions to interesting people, and a whole storm of ideas that are pulsing through my head and filling the pages in my journal. It also led to the first Think for a … Continue reading Want Transformation? Think for a Change.
Yesterday was Daylight Savings and by springing forward we "lost" an hour. Perhaps your witty Facebook friends also updated their statuses by asking: "Where did the time go?!" I'll roll along with serendipity because, as of late, I've been thinking a lot about time, how it shapes our lives, and how conventional wisdom on the … Continue reading Take Your Present Back: The Past Is Not a Trap
Figuring out how to cope with a terminal illness and deal with death has been the most present theme for me over the past week. My students and I spent a couple of days discussing these topics in our Medical and Healthcare Ethics class. After a colleague mentioned in passing that his health was "not … Continue reading On Learning to Listen and Social Media Whores
“One has to learn to trust one’s own cognitive powers, to develop one’s own concepts, insights, modes of explanation, overarching theories, and to oppose the epistemic hegemony of conceptual frameworks designed in part to thwart and suppress the exploration of such matters; one has to think against the grain.” -Charles Mills, The Racial Contract According … Continue reading “You’re Not a Rapist if it’s Not Rape”