Patrick Frierson

What I'm up to these days...

This Fall, I'm teaching a course in Modern European Philosophy and a introductory course in Environmental Ethics. I'm also leading independent studies in Contemporary Ethical Theory and the Philosophy of Biology and directing senior theses.

My current research includes an article on Kant and contemporary psychology, a project laying out a new reading of Descartes's ethics, a series of papers on Adam Smith and Environmental Ethics, and -- most importantly -- work on a new book to be published with Bloomsbury, entitled Intellectual Agency and Virtue Epistemology: A Montessori Perspective, which focuses on developing a virtue epistemology based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori.

"The greatest concern of the human being is to know how to properly fulfill his station in creation and to rightly understand what one must do in order to be a human being." (Immanuel Kant, from a set of handwritten notes written in 1764 in his personal< copy of Observations on the Beautiful and Sublime, Ak. 20:41 )