The Rock Ethics Institute

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PIKSI 2009

Theme: Philosophy: Experience, Reflection, Transformation

Philosophy arises out of both everyday and extraordinary human experience, out of the problems, passions, anxieties, surprises, awe, and aspirations of real life. Philosophy is both an evolving and transformative practice and a history of deliberation and reflection. This year’s course will focus on philosophy’s history as well as contemporary texts in feminist theory, critical race theory, disability theory, queer theory, and other nontraditional work. Students will investigate how lived experience has shaped philosophical reflection throughout its history and how reflection transforms both those of us who engage in it and the world around us. Through readings, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and professional development mentoring, students will learn that their own perspectives and experiences can contribute to the ongoing development of philosophy.

PIKSI Class of 2009 Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars

Abby Burkland
Katie Davies
Carolina Drake
Aliza Elkin
Jennifer Gammage
Jennifer Mendoza
Katelin Mey
Collin Murdoc
Paloma Naderi
Oscar Peralta
Lindsey Stewart
Talia Tuesta
Selin Gursozlu
Ami Harbin
David Wills
Cori Wong

2009 Institutional Co-Sponsors

Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State
College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State
Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST)
American Philosophical Association
Department of Philosophy, Penn State
Dalhousie University
State University of New York, Binghamton
State University of New York, Stony Brook