What were your favorite philosophy courses at UCLA?

Philosophy of Religion, Arabic Logic

Do you have a good story or two about the department?

I used to say, not entirely in jest, that I chose Philosophy as a major because in every other department, the sign on the door of the male sanitary facilities read “Men” but in the philosophy building it read “Gentlemen”.

Are there any philosophical issues, readings, or topics that have stayed with you since graduation?

Ethics and aesthetics.

Have you read any philosophy recently that you would recommend?

David Hume never gets old. Most recent thing of his I’ve read is “Of the Standard of Taste” from “Four Dissertations”. Illuminating. I no longer have the attention span to attempt the heady tomes I used to wade through (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Carnap, et al.).

What was your first job or endeavor after UCLA?

Shipping clerk.

What lessons or skills from philosophy do you use in your career?

I’d like to think that my education in philosophy imbued me with the ability to apply at least a shred of analytical rigor to dealing with the things of life.