University disciplines have historically lacked diversity, and philosophy has been slower than most to catch up. With the help of graduate students like Grace Cebrero, Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) creates a space for students of underrepresented backgrounds to address topics surrounding diversity in philosophy.
“How do I know if what I see is real?” “What makes an action good?” Big questions like these inspired new Department of Philosophy Assistant Professor Tamara Fakhoury to pursue a career in philosophy from her home in Lebanon to classrooms at the University of Minnesota. Fakhoury discusses how she came into philosophy, the nature of her research, and how philosophy fits into all aspects of her life.
Valerie Tiberius has published extensively on well-being and how we value it. She believes everyone has a personal recipe for well-being and recognizing that can help you live a fulfilling life. She discusses her ideas, their influence on her teaching, and how they have been useful to psychologists and psychiatrists.
When you find yourself wondering, for instance, how best to respond to a friend’s need for guidance, you might refer to Valerie Tiberius’s recent book, Well-Being as Value Fulfillment: How We Can Help Each Other to Live Well, which presents her value-fulfillment theory.
Women have historically and systematically been excluded from the philosophical canon. Where modern survey courses exalt a handful of kingpin thinkers, academics are now faced with the task of correcting the discipline by including the influential women philosophers and emphasizing their contributions.
Philosophers John Locke and Anne Finch Conway don’t exactly agree on the answers to some essential philosophical questions: What is a person? How do persons remain the same over time? PhD candidate Heather Johnson investigates these questions and more by studying the similarities and differences in these thinkers’ ideas.
People sometimes think that philosophy is opposed to science. But scrutinizing scientific methodology and investigating what it takes for an idea to become scientific fact are important topics for the contemporary philosopher. And this philosophical interrogation can have an unexpected outcome—helping to advance science.
Research has shown that year after year, philosophy is one of the best majors for admission to law school. Just ask graduating senior Jordan Kleist, who will be heading to one of the most prestigious law schools in the country this fall.
We’ve come to understand that philosophy as a discipline is the product of a few great minds. Much of the modern canon, however, overlooks those thinkers that have stitched together the dialogue. Bennett McNulty dives into this issue by presenting the canon a little differently.