Patrick Frierson

What I'm up to these days...

This Fall, I'm teaching a course on Concepts of Nature in Modern European Philosophy and another on Hegel's Moral and Political Philosophy, and I'm directing a senior thesis on Heidegger and environmental philosophy. My office hours (in Olin 194) are Tuesdays from 4-5 and Wednesdays from 10-12. I'm also available by appointment.

My research in progress includes work 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 )