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Started Mar 8, 2011 0 Replies

If you are trying to figure out how to navigate the PPN, has a helpful site that allows you to search for tips using key words. For instance, you can enter "blogs" to quickly learn how to…Continue

The New Humanism (NYT)

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An opinion piece about "The New Humanism" ran in the New York Times on March, 7, 2011.  The text is…Continue

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"Philosophy as a Necessity"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Tanchuk Sep 14, 2011. 3 Replies

Here is a link to a really great story from NPR's "All Things Considered" about the importance of philosophy at various levels. The valuation of philosophy at LaGuardia Community College is…Continue

How does one *really* go Public??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed D'Angelo Jun 25, 2012. 8 Replies

As a graduate student in philosophy, I am still looking towards an undetermined future in the discipline. I am passionate about my work and completely dedicated to the idea of doing philosophy more…Continue


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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.
My area of specialization is feminist philosophy. My area of passion is pedagogy. My philosophical inspiration is Nietzsche.

I approach philosophy as a transformative practice that has the capacity to positively engage and affect individuals, groups, and social environments. I am keenly interested in the relationship that philosophy has, or could have, with the general public, especially in terms of who does philosophy, how one does philosophy, and what philosophy is expected to do.

My research focuses on the significance of affective experiences - how experiences of domination can produce negative affects that burden individuals in marginalized social groups and how different types of positive affective experiences might be personally therapeutic and support political resistance. I expand upon existing feminist scholarship on these topics to develop a notion of "positive philosophy," a way of doing philosophy that centers on the pleasure one can take in the cultivated ability to think as part of an open, non-dogmatic, transformative practice of critical reflection.

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I blog and post videos about the connections between my life and philosophy, what I call my philifesophy.


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At 8:04pm on March 20, 2013, Matt Deaton said…

Thank you for the welcome, Cori! You can thank a proactive gentleman at the Eastern APA for my membership. I forget his name, but he was promoting the group, and I've had joining on my to-do list ever since. 

Looking forward to collaborating,


High School Ethics Bowl Guy

At 4:07pm on February 28, 2013, Stephen Randolph Stinson said…

Hi Cori,

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your post.

I joined the MacArthur Foundation in 1995.  I had wanted to work for this organization for many years.  I wanted the think-tank environment, and I wanted the benefits, which included 100% tuition reimbursement for study of any kind.  Alas, this benefit has since been scaled back somewhat.


I entered the Mental Health program as an executive secretary and studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago on the side. ( I already had a master's degree from my former days in a Jesuit divinity school.)  I received my MA in philosophy in 2007.  My work load at MacArthur has prevented me from pursuing my PhD.  I am now program administrator for the Justice Reform program in US Programs.


Foundations are good places for public philosophers, but they are not easy to get into.  And even if you are on the inside, as I am, it can be difficult to impossible to become a program officer.  It is as a program officer in a foundation that a philosopher could have some impact.  It is at this level that the think-tanking happens.


If you are interested in getting involved with foundations, I would recommend looking into Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a young affinity group that is having its national conference April 4-6 in Chicago.  Already having a job in philanthropy is not a requirement.


I look forward to meeting you in Atlanta.





At 2:38pm on January 25, 2013, Dana Hathaway said…

Thank you for the nice welcome.  Glad to have found this organization.  

At 8:32am on December 17, 2012, Daniel Beck said…

Thanks for the note, Cori. Looking forward to engaging with others on the site!

At 11:48am on April 19, 2011, Nate Klemp said…

Hey Cori!

Great to hear from you and thanks for your friend request.  There aren't all that many of us interested in exploring the public side of philosophy so I am grateful to meet you (if only virtually).   We'll have to talk about possible ways of collaborating.


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