Jonah Wolf Ragir
Area of Interest: Ethics, History of German Idealism, Social and Political Philosophy
Jonah was, much to his dismay, born and raised in the city of Los Angeles. Prior to his return to L.A., he moved to Chicago, Illinois and, eventually, Berkeley, California. After spending much of his life dedicated to the pursuit of opera and jazz, he went back to school to pursue philosophy and his passion for teaching. The centerpiece of his interests in philosophy revolve around the questions of what makes for a satisfying, meaningful, life (or even a satisfying moment), and how one might—or must—grow in order to live one. As a result, he focuses primarily on questions in moral psychology and social and political philosophy, and finds great value particularly in the work of G.W.F. Hegel and his predecessors. Jonah maintains many vibrant side interests including phenomenology, queer theory, critical theory, and philosophy of religion. As a queer philosopher, he works actively on the project of inclusive philosophy and pedagogy.