Laura Mueller

Laura Mueller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus College
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I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College. As a professor at a liberal arts college, I teach courses in basically everything, but my favorite ones are ethics courses, Modern philosophy, Matriarchy and Myth, and School & Society. I became interested in philosophy as a way of life through two avenues: my scholarship on Kant's ethics and aesthetics, and my School & Society class. I see philosophy as a way of life as a pursuit for meaning in individual lives, social life, and as a way to embrace the sublime dignity of each person. After years of teaching the educational philosophy of Kant, Dewey, von Humboldt, and Illich, I have started to shift my research to philosophy of education as part of philosophy of culture; I want to renew Bildung within higher educational institutions and communities. As such,  my research projects and teaching practices are very closely tied together. My most recent projects concern cultural phenomenology and personalized objects, and the building of virtue through philosophical education. I am also an editor for Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture. 

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking vegan and vegetarian food, biking, running, swimming, painting, reading fiction, and looking at pictures and obsessing over pit bulls.