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Beverley Anger
  • Windsor, ON
  • Canada
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Windsor, ON, CA
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I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Windsor
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Interest in public philosophy? Please be as SPECIFIC AS YOU CAN. Members who answer "yes" or "a lot" will not be approved.
Since I'm only in undergrad, my interests are still pretty broad. I really love Heidegger and Spinoza, and I am curious about a few things I have learned from the informal logicians at my school, particularly visual argumentation. I'm also interested in philosophy of education. The reason i would like to join this network is because I am very concerned about the public perception of philosophy. I feel the general public is missing out on an opportunity to better understand their own life. That's why I serve as president of the philosophy club and philosophy department rep, represent our department at many open houses and I have even started a project where I put together a display about philosophical topics every semester in the philosophy department hallway. I really want to see philosophy integrated with society, not just isolated in a university office. I could go on for quite some time, but those are the general reasons why I am interested and I'd love to supply more detail if you want to send me an email. (also, I can appreciate you might have reservations because I am only an undergraduate student, but I do plan on continuing to get an MA and eventually a PhD)

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At 2:49pm on December 15, 2011, Sharon M. Meagher said…

Thanks for joining the Public Philosophy Network (PPN)!  We hope that you find ways to make the site helpful and supportive of your work and interests. 

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