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Further education: Philosophy has broadly informed my own subsequent teaching of professional development courses, for example at UC Santa Cruz Extension and in the LLNL Education Program.
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Philosophy and history of science, philosophy of mathematics
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? My Philosophy Ph.D. launched a satisfying, interdisciplinary, impactful career, first in user support and documentation at USDOE's National Energy Research Supercomputer Center, then as editor-in-chief of an international journal sponsored by a cross-disciplinary organization (Assoc. for Computing Machinery), and finally as leader of a social justice project that brings practical literacy skills to underperforming K-12 students through teacher workshops and online support.
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Philosophy of language; philosophy of mind; history of philosophy, particularly Spinoza; Hume; and later Wittgenstein)
Favorite professors: John Searle; Wallace I. Matson; and Barry Stroud
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? More to come!
Any current engagement with philosophy? More to come!
Further education: Law Degree, Advanced courses in Mediation, and Negotiation
Favorite courses at Berkeley: While I must admit that I don't remember the exact courses I took, I know that I cared deeply about logic, political philosophy, ethics, Wittgenstein, and phenomenology.
Favorite professors: I can't recall most of my professors, but I remember John Searle as a favorite.
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? My Philosophical training was the best foundation that I could have to understand the law and ethics. I have been very involved in the highest levels of government, including as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Obama administration, the Chair of the Federal Election Commission, and the Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Philosophy made me aware of the importance of various ethical issues as well as the importance of analysis of issues and the ability to think about issues in new ways.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I have continued the study of philosophy by revisiting many of the books that I read as a student.
Further education: Cognitive Science, MA (University of Helsinki)
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Chinese Philosophy, Spinoza, Theory of Meaning
Favorite professors: Kwong-loi Shun, Timothy Crockett
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? I think about topics in philosophy every day.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I am currently working on a philosophically-oriented thesis in a Cognitive Science master's program at the University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto).
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Philosophy of the Mind and Aristotle
Favorite professors: John Searle and a visiting professor whose name I no longer remember who taught a class on Aristotle
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Philosophy gave me a broader perspective for viewing the world, and also set into focus which problems deserved more attention.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I read a lot and in a wide variety.
Further education: As a result of a serious illness, I had to leave Berkely and spent three months at UCSF. That experience increased my interest in health care. I received a BSN from UCSF after healing and specialized in wound and ostomy care. When I was unable to work I want back to UCB and received an MBA and an MPH in 1984 - which was, for me, a mistake since that was not where my heart was.
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Hubert Dreyfus changed my life with Husserl, Kierkegaard, and the Nazi professor Martin Heidegger. Paul Feyerabend married science and philosophy and it helped me to understand that even the truths by which we choose to live have their own pitfalls.
Favorite professors: Hubert Dreyfus, Paul Feyerabend, and the philosophers of the Vienna Circle - there was a wonderful professor who was close to Moritz Schlick and I cannot recall his name - So Logical Positivism was also something that kept me going as well.
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? My philosophical training has meant a great deal to me. It influcenced my approach to patient care (which is to be human and not hide behind a stethascope), it helped me to work with hospice patients such that life and death were always at the edges of everything. I felt that sharing space with those who are dying can be a very good service and a source of enormous gratitude. I'm a lucky guy cause I took philosophy - and it appears that I have managed to survive my death ... so far.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I almost always continue to read philosophy. I am most involved in the ethics of health care and normally read medical journals relating to life and death decisions. But my interests go further. For me, great literature is often great philosophy. I read the Man Without Qualities twice, completed all of Proust, and I am now focusing on the philosophy of the stoicism.
Further education: Ph.D. Sociology, University of Paris, Paris VIII: Vincennes-Saint-Denis; Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, Sociology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Diploma, Sociology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Favorite courses at Berkeley: History and philosophy of science
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Provided a broad training in research and writing and introduced me to a wide range of thinkers. It allowed me to find a more specialized field of study: sociology.
Any current engagement with philosophy? Peripherally. For instance, if I am studying a topic in sociology (e.g., emotions) which has also been studied by philosophers (e.g., Sartre).
Further education: Certificates in Data Science and Project Management
Favorite courses at Berkeley: 12A Intro to Logic Intro to Modal Reasoning Intermediate Logic Plato
Favorite professors: Holliday and Mancosu
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? I view business and management as applied philosophy. Profits are a logical consequence of having the right systems in place. Business is also fundamentally normative. Ethical dilemmas left and right. The logic and critical thinking skills I learned through the philosophy program play a major role in how I view the world and live my life. I'm till searching for Eudaimonia.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I still pursue self study on a regular basis. I usually have a philosophical book or two open at any given time.
Further education: Master's in Critical Pedagogy
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Heidegger, Hume, Ethical Theories, Ancient... I'm sure there are others!
Favorite professors: Michael Martin, Timothy Crockett, Katharina Kaiser, Hans Sluga, R. Jay Wallace
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? With philosophy, I feel as though I'm continually caught in a trance of worldly wonder. There is so much that I don't know, things I will never know (like how to pay off student loans!), and so much to be gained through the pursuit itself. I thank philosophy for its ability to consistently illuminate my life and place into new light that which is often ordinary.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I am currently completing a master's program in critical pedagogy, which requires continued study of critical theory and the Frankfurt School of thought. But I think most of my engagement with philosophy is an informal re-engagement with previous books, papers, and intellectual figures!
Favorite professors: John Searle
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? In the midst of an aerospace engineering career, I pursued a prior interest in artificial intelligence to become a practitioner of AI. This proved interesting as a practical test to add to my understanding of the philosophical issues of minds and machines.
Any current engagement with philosophy? Followed the more popular books on philosophy of mind (Nagel, Dennett, Searle, Alva Noe).
Further education: Post grad studies - UCSB and Claremont Graduate School
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Philo of Mind and Language courses with Searle Epistemology courses with Stroud Heidegger / Nietzsche with Dreyfus and Matson Seminars - all of them
Favorite professors: Enjoyed them all.
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Priceless and foundational to the work I do on a daily basis.
Any current engagement with philosophy? Member of APA and actively engaged in attendance of philosophy, economics and political theory conferences wherever and whenever I can attend.
Further education: MBA, MAI Designation, Appraisal Institute, Real Estate Broker's License
Favorite courses at Berkeley: I enjoyed Philosophy of Religion and Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics. I developed a lifelong interest in Existentialism and the quest for issues of right and wrong, good and evil on the bedrock of random chance.
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? The Philosophy Program had a great deal of influence on my world views. In brief, it opened my mind to a willingness to question and to learn. It provided a measure of discipline for my curiosity. With fresh eyes, I looked at others' beliefs as well as my personal, core choices. I learned to define meaningful questions for many applications regardless of subject. I would suggest that selected classes in philosophy be a requirement for graduation. Philosophy courses became a foundation for my spiritual atheism and the exploration of chance and Existentialism as a state of nature.
Any current engagement with philosophy? My love of philosophy will be with me until I die. As a member of the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society, I plan on supporting the Philosophy Department after my death. I continue reading and discussing philosophical issues with several book clubs. It is a pleasure and delight to share ideas with others.
Further education: Masters Thesis Computational Biology Stanford, 2008 Master of Science, Cal State East Bay, Computational Biology 2008 MBA Cal State East Bay 2011 Doctorate in Computer Science, Colorado Technical University 2018
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Philosophy of Mind. I am particularly interested in the Mind/Body problem or problem of psychophysical reduction and reductionism in science in general.
Favorite professors: Searle. I took Philosophy of Mind with him where he taught his book on Intentionality. Klaus Strelau, a Philosophy PhD student who became my friend and mentor.
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Philosophy taught me how to think rigorously and systematically on any topic. Hence it was useful in learning and mastering computer software and hardware systems (as well as a year of Symbolic Logic). Rigorous writing skills allowed me to publish many articles in Computer Magazines.
Any current engagement with philosophy? Not formally. Continue to write my Philosophical Papers on a wide range of philosophical topics. See my website for sample writings.
Further education: BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Modal Logic and Philosophy of Language.
Favorite professors: John MacFarlane, Wesley Holliday, Seth Yalcin, and Timothy Crockett.
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? John Campbell once said that philosophy is thinking in slow motion. Learning how to think in slow motion helped me see the force of certain arguments, see subtle errors in them, and make clear distinctions. These skills are tremendously beneficial; they made me more charitable, able to decipher what a person is arguing or asserting, and thereby made my own views more robust and thoughtful.
Any current engagement with philosophy? I pursued a master's degree in philosophy.
Favorite courses at Berkeley: Game Theory, Ethical Theories, Later Wittgenstein, Political Philosophy, Foucault
Favorite professors: Barry Stroud, R. Jay Wallace, Niko Kolodny, Veronique Munoz-Darde, Lara Buchak, Hannah Ginsborg, Hans Sluga
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Studying and teaching philosophy helped train me to construct and evaluate arguments carefully, and to communicate clearly and concisely. I have found these skills to be extremely useful in writing and public speaking outside of academia.
Further education: I got my B.A. at Cal, and I liked it so much that I stayed to get a Ph.D.
Favorite courses at Berkeley: In no particular order: Intro to Early Modern, Heidegger, Hume, Theory of Knowledge, Ethical Theories
Favorite professors: In no particular order: Barry Stroud, Hubert Dreyfus, R. Jay Wallace, John MacFarlane, Wesley Holliday
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? I am currently working in academic philosophy, right now as a postdoc at NYU. My philosophical training has certainly influenced my non-professional life, too, but in ways that are harder to articulate. My little brother says that it has made arguing with me much more annoying.
Further education: I want more; keep getting distracted by adventures and ponies.
Favorite courses at Berkeley: too many
Favorite professors: too many
How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Oh, philosophy changed everything. I went from being valued solely for my physical labor to realizing I was capable of sound thinking that was worthy of being communicated.
Any current engagement with philosophy? Informally, lots of reading and listening to zoom lectures.