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Aug 1, 2012
Atom Kallen is now a member of Public Philosophy Network
Interest in public philosophy? Please be as SPECIFIC AS YOU CAN. Members who answer "yes" or "a lot" will not be approved.
Aside from a general interest in philosophy and how it shapes public discourse, I have three specific focuses:
1) As I become more involved in my local community and environmental issues I've had to rely on critical thinking and reasoning skills several times. A wider pool of civic and environmental philosophical thought to draw from would help as well: not only myself, but the other residents and council members.
2) As a photographer and freelancer it is very important to me to keep in touch with a community of artists. We share work, thoughts, and offer advice. It's this comradery in the philosophical community that I've been missing for the last several years, and hope to find again.
3) The more I immerse myself in public discourse the more I see the need for greater philosophical education in our schools. Even simple classes in critical thinking would be tremendously beneficial. I'd like to find a way to help make this a reality.
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