What were your favorite philosophy courses at UCLA?
- Barbara Herman’s Ethics
- Kaplan and Lawrence’s combined Kripke series
Are there any philosophical issues, readings, or topics that have stayed with you since graduation?
Philosophy of language and education have continued to be some of my favorite topics to think about. But more recently, I have been very interested in the philosophy and psychology of emotion and concepts. While the subject of emotions and the practice of understanding and managing emotion tends to fall more into the purview of psychology, the concept of emotion and our ideas about our relationship to our emotions really beg a fundamental worldview about fate, good and bad, human nature, etc. This has been really fascinating to me.
Have you read any philosophy recently that you would recommend?
Universals by J.P. Moreland was a very interesting read. I also really enjoy C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Abolition of Man.
What was your first job or endeavor after UCLA?
I worked for the non-profit campus ministry Cru: http://cru.org/
What lessons or skills from philosophy do you use in your career?
My background in logic and mathematics has helped me as I learn coding. I also believe that philosophy set me up well to read, analyze, and interpret insurance policy forms, legal documents and contracts, and to communicate complex ideas to laymen.
Do you have advice for current students or recent graduates about how to take advantage of and continue their philosophical education?
I think that most students of philosophy have an inherent quality of curiosity. This quality should be fostered and nurtured. Curiosity drives innovation and change. Philosophers ought not be stuck in the theoretical. Philosophy is such a practical study. Students should not be discouraged by thinking that there is not a market out there for their skills. Pursue learning – learn everything and anything – think critically, communicate diplomatically and persuasively. You will find success.