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APA Member Interview: Lauren Edwards


Lauren Edwards, JD is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy, a Social Sciences and Humanities Analysis Council Canada Graduate Scholar, a recipient of the York Graduate Fellowship of Distinction in Philosophy, and a Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Candidate at York College (Toronto). Lauren’s PhD dissertation facilities on the philosophy of affection, philosophy of emotion, cognitive science, and feminist ethics.

What excites you about philosophy?  

I fell in love with philosophy within the third 12 months of my undergraduate diploma. I used to be a physics main on the time, however all I wished to speak to my roommates about, a lot to their delight I’m positive, had been the concepts I used to be studying about in my existentialism class. What excited me about philosophy then, and what continues to excite me about it now, is that, for me, philosophy will be about life altering issues. It’s an historical, on-going dialog about concepts that may make, and has made, me have a look at myself, others, and the world in another way. In my graduate class on love, for instance, we learn Elizabeth Brake’s article the place she discusses her idea of ‘amatonormativity’ – a phrase she coined to seize the cultural fantasy that the perfect and most desired relationship for everybody is a monogamous, long-term, romantic, dyadic relationship ( This concept was utterly eye-opening to me! It was like within the film Free Man when Ryan Reynolds, a non-player character in a online game, places on sun shades and all of the sudden sees the hidden code behind his world, which affords him new alternatives for company. I feel there’s an analogy there that captures why philosophy, and studying typically, is thrilling to me – philosophy is like these sun shades. Philosophy reveals the hidden constructions of the world at a degree of description that fascinates me – the social degree. As soon as these hidden strings are made seen, you can also make new selections about them. For instance, as soon as the social development of amatonormativity is revealed, I’m offered with a brand new query – if this can be a need that has been culturally imposed on me, do I nonetheless need to stay this manner?

What are you engaged on proper now? 

Proper now I’m engaged on ending my dissertation. Particularly, I’m engaged on a chapter that argues that love is an emotion and, since different philosophers have argued that some feelings, particularly moods, haven’t any object, it’s doable that there’s a kind of affection that has no beloved, or no object. This concept, that there may very well be a kind of affection that doesn’t contain a beloved or an object, would run opposite to, and current a problem to, the entire up to date philosophical and scientific theories of the character of affection. This chapter shall be one other step in defending the central declare of my dissertation – that love can exist the place there is no such thing as a beloved or no object of that love. What I feel is so enjoyable about this concept is that whereas it defies each up to date philosophical and scientific concept of affection that I’ve come throughout, I don’t assume it’s that outlandish! Even, I argue in my dissertation, that it’s an concept that exists already – take some theological understanding of God as love the place the love that’s God have to be a love with out object since God is ideal and full on their very own and so, can’t be a kind of affection that requires a beloved. But when this type of love is feasible, as my dissertation argues, then a profound rethinking of how love is known is required.

What are you studying proper now?  Would you suggest it? 

For pleasure, I’ve a couple of books on the go together with Lorraine Hansbury’s play A Raisin within the Solar and the sixth e book Lord of Chaos from the very lengthy, fourteen e book fantasy sequence The Wheel of Time. A Raisin within the Solar is superb and I’d strongly suggest it. It’s particularly enjoyable proper now to learn a play – I can think about I’m, for as soon as prior to now few years, not sitting in my lounge, however out in a crowd! The Wheel of Time sequence is a time dedication that I’m undecided I’d suggest. The world is nice – huge and detailed – however the character improvement is non-existent. Principally, there’s a inventory male character, a inventory feminine character, and not one of the characters  appear to do a lot rising from there, regardless of the hundreds of pages of story experiences. And, on high of all that, each the character tropes are grouchy, irritable types!

When did you final sing to your self, or to another person?

I’m at present 40 weeks pregnant (due right this moment!) and sing to my child usually. I like to sing, regardless that I’m not a great singer. My associate, who is an excellent singer, even included me in a Christmas present he performed as soon as. I used to be extremely nervous to be singing in entrance of individuals for the primary time and nerves didn’t make my singing voice any higher. However what I like about artwork – I additionally make very beginner visible artwork – is that a lot of what artwork brings to the maker/artist is identical whether or not that artwork is sensible or completely horrible – the enjoyment and freedom of creation, the frenzy that comes after you do one thing scary, opening your self to and sharing your self with others, and so forth. This after all, as my Christmas present viewers properly is aware of, just isn’t essentially true for the viewers of that artwork.

Who’s your favourite thinker and why?

I like feminist philosophy and assume that, typically, feminist philosophers are extraordinarily underrated – particularly Black feminist philosophers and feminist philosophers of shade. I wished to focus right here on bell hooks, who handed away this December. bell hooks articulates extremely profound, sensible concepts in a poetic, however clear approach. I feel that is a lot more durable to do than to write down in a approach that’s convoluted and exhausting to know. After I was given the extremely privilege of instructing an Introduction to Feminist Philosophy undergraduate class, I assigned a bell hooks article entitled Sisterhood: Political Solidarity Between Ladies. One of many arguments of the article is that sexism is a barrier to relationships between girls as a result of girls are taught to imagine they’re ‘pure’ enemies of each other and that there’s worth solely of their relationships with males. After we learn this text, many college students, greater than for some other class studying, reached out to inform me that this text had proven them one thing about themselves – that they did this stuff. This elevated pupil engagement mirrored bell hooks’ genius – articulating deep social truths in an comprehensible approach – which isn’t any simple process!

This part of the APA Weblog is designed to get to know our fellow philosophers a bit of higher. We’re together with profiles of APA members that highlight what captures their curiosity not solely contained in the workplace, but additionally outdoors of it. We’d love so that you can be part of it, so please contact us by way of the interview nomination type right here to appoint yours

Dr. Sabrina D. MisirHiralall is an editor on the Weblog of the APA who at present teaches philosophy, faith, and training programs solely on-line for Montclair State College, Three Rivers Neighborhood Faculty, the College of South Carolina Aiken, and St. John’s College.


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