I am a senior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Cognitive Science. After graduation, I will be joining Teach For America as a 6th grade math teacher in Fort Worth, Texas.
Regarding philosophy for the young: My interest in P4Y is motivated by the belief that all children are inclined to think philosophically, but traditional education does not always provide them with an outlet for their curiosity. I wish I was exposed to philosophy prior to college, and P4Y is a chance for me to give kids an opportunity I never had.
Eric Eisner is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. He is majoring in philosophy, history, and Jewish studies, with minors in English and Hebrew.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I enjoy talking about philosophy and helping others learn.
My research focuses on transformative relations like friendship, marriage, and education and how they underwrite one’s intellectual and political capacities in early modern philosophy. How do social forces like custom shape the ways in which people are able to think about themselves and others? Can certain relations – especially those traditionally thought to be oppressive or unavailable to women – promote freedom and virtue?
Regarding philosophy for the young: I think philosophy, when it goes well, is transformative and intellectually/affectively engaging. Getting younger folks interested in and excited about philosophy is good for their overall education, but so too is it good for philosophy to expand and accommodate new practitioners and perspectives. Plus, philosophy with the young is a tonne of fun!
I serve as an emergency department technician and conduct research in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System. I received a B.A. in Chemistry from Skidmore College in 2017 and will begin medical school at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2019. My primary philosophical interests include the philosophy of science and medicine, biomedical ethics, philosophy of mind, and K-12 philosophy education.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I was first exposed to philosophy through a required ethics course in high school. The course sparked my love of philosophy and ethics and I have since had an intense interest in promoting K-12 philosophy education. With the P4Y team, I designed and implemented a philosophy and ethics of science course for 9th-graders at Science Leadership Academy in Center City, Philadelphia. I strongly believe that K-12 philosophy education can be a powerful tool to help students develop as open-minded, critical thinkers, and I believe that philosophy is particularly important for students with interests in the STEM fields. I am thrilled that P4Y and other programs are beginning to make philosophy accessible, engaging – and maybe even a little fun – for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Alex is a senior majoring in Philosophy and triple-minoring in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; History of Art; and Law & Society. She plans to attend law school to pursue a career in civil liberties impact litigation.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I was lucky enough to be introduced to philosophy early on in my academic career, starting in middle school and continuing throughout high school with a philosophically-focused form of competitive debate. I think the fact that I was able to start thinking about philosophy so early–in addition to jumpstarting a passion–meant that my first encounters with the subject matter were not in esoteric ivory-tower university settings, but rather in a typical primary education context, among peers rather than PhDs. I want philosophy to be seen as a field as accessible and important as the other subjects taught regularly in schools, rather than one reserved for only the most upper intellectual echelons, and bringing it to younger folks is a really wonderful way to do that.
Brian works primarily in ancient philosophy.
Regarding philosophy for the young: Ancient philosophers championed the idea that all human beings are endowed with a capacity to reason, and they believed that one of the central aims of a philosophical education is to develop this capacity. Part of what makes P4Y such a wonderful program is that it folds philosophical training into an already well-established educational framework. By making what is often thought to be an esoteric discipline accessible and engaging, students are able to discover for themselves the joy of philosophizing.
Chloe is a rising senior double majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She is interested in the intersection of her two majors, particularly feminist philosophy from a postcolonial lens.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I am passionate about improving the accessibility of academia, particularly in the humanities where subjects like philosophy are commonly perceived as too abstract or difficult to understand. I believe that philosophy can and should be for all ages, and adds new dimensions and perspectives to the way we see the world and treat people around us.
My primary area of research is Ancient Greek and Roman ethics, with a particular focus on Stoicism.
Regarding philosophy for the young: Part and parcel of my academic research is the idea that philosophy ought to be a public practice, so I strive to create spaces for philosophical thinking for non-specialists and folks from all walks of life. P4Y is a great opportunity to teach young philosophers in our community how to reason carefully and how to engage in substantive conversation with others about perennial questions. I also think that in doing this work we stand to learn a great deal about the contours of our own academic discipline of philosophy.