The Rock Ethics Institute


PIKSI 2010

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 2010 Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars

Alexander Adkins 
Gayatri Bajpai 
Jessica Chavez 
Nina Cohen 
Chase de Saint-Felix 
Ashton Forrest 
Katie Kretsch 
Nabina Liebow 
Chelsie Mack 
Ana Marquez 
Marya Rafiq 
Benjamin Solis 

2010 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
American Society for Aesthetics
American University
Binghamton University
DePaul University