The Rock Ethics Institute


PIKSI 2012

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 2011 Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars

Amy Au
Benjamin Barajas
Lindsay Barbera
Sandra Cai Chen
Julio Covarrubias
Nolan Harris
Esther Harvey-Peake
Kiesha Martin
Olivia Odoffin
Geeta Raghunanan
Mary Stanfield
Brian Trinh

2012 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
Michigan State University
Stony Brook University
University of Washington

2012 PIKSI has also been supported by the generous gifts from the Ann Arbor Philosophers' PIKSI Funding Initiative, including gifts from:

Liz Anderson
Chloe Armstrong
Gordon Belot
Paul Boswell
Sarah Buss
Jeremy Lent
Sarah Moss
Peter Railton
Laura Ruetsche
Chip Sebens
Jonathan Shaheen
Alex Silk
Chandra Sripada
Jamie Tappenden
Robin Zheng
and other Ann Arbor-area philosophers