Alumna Jenny Phillips graduated in 2018 with a double major in philosophy and classical and Near Eastern studies. She talks about her experience with critical analysis and problem-solving in the philosophy department and how it helps her at work and in life today.
Maddy Brighouse Glueck, recent alumna with a double major in philosophy and sociology, discusses how studying philosophy helped her learn to conceptualize complex ideas to better understand modern education and the world around her.
Often in language we are faced with cases of indeterminacy: how many miles per hour is “fast”? How many feet, from head to toe, is “tall”? How much money does it take to be “wealthy”? Professor David Taylor asserts that there’s something philosophically significant going on here, and it's about much more than just our language.
Scientific fields such as chemistry, psychology, anthropology, and biology are deeply interwoven in countless complex ways. Philosophy professor Bennett McNulty looks at these disciplines through the lens of Immanuel Kant’s writings to better understand how these “inexact sciences” relate to each other and to our investigation of the empirical world.
Philosophy Professor Sarah Holtman seeks to answer moral questions on Kant’s theory of justice. “I’m not a historian,” she remarks, “but rather a moral and political philosopher, approaching Kant’s writings from that angle.”
Philosophy Professor Jessica Gordon-Roth analyzes the work of 17th century philosopher Anne Finch Conway, overlooked in part because of her gender. How does her perspective differ from other major thinkers of the time period, like Hobbes and Descartes?
Scientific research is commonly thought to be all about the numbers: concrete evidence, data, and carefully drawn conclusions. However, Max Dresow’s background in both biological science and philosophy allows him to see the benefit of philosophy’s wider lens when dealing with scientific practices.
“It’s like playing tennis without a net. You always win,” says statistics professor Charles Geyer about conducting unethical research. Discover how Geyer and other professors at the University of Minnesota mobilize the open science movement to inspire appropriate research practices.