Patrick Frierson

What I'm up to these days...

This Fall (2020), I am teaching two courses, both online: Modern European Philosophy and Exploring Complex Questions: Childhood, a course for incoming students. My first book on Maria Montessori's philosophy -- Intellectual Agency and Virtue Epistemology: A Montessori Perspective -- was recently published, and I am now writing a book on Montessori's moral theory. Meanwhile, I continue to work on Immanuel Kant, including a paper right now on discipline and autonomy in Kant's philosophy of education and another on how to teach Kant's views about race. I've lately become fascinated by Sor Juana de la Cruz's Primero SueƱo and hope to do more work on that in the near future. (In the meantime, though, check out this book by Virginia Aspe, for which there will be a panel at the APA-Pacific in March, 2021.)

"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 )