A.P.E.X. Events Presents Dr. Kristopher Phillips

Published: January 25, 2021 | Author: Southern Utah University | Category: Academics

A.P.E.X. Events Presents Kristopher PhillipsA.P.E.X. Events, Southern Utah University's Premier Event Series, is thrilled to be celebrating SUU's Faculty Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Kristopher Phillips. Join A.P.E.X. Events on January 28, 2021 at
11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center on the campus of SUU or virtually via Zoom. 

“The Faculty Distinguished Lecturer annual event is always one of my favorites because we get to
showcase the fantastic scholarship and excellence that comes from our own faculty," said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. "What a privilege to get to know our colleagues and their work.”

Dr. Kristopher Phillips is an associate professor of philosophy at SUU. Originally from Michigan, he earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2003 from Central Michigan University, a master's degree in philosophy in 2007 from Western Michigan University, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Iowa in 2014. He joined the faculty at SUU in 2014. He is a trained modernist, with research interests in Descartes, Margaret Cavendish, Mary Shepherd, the philosophy of education, and pre-college philosophy.

He is the co-founder of the Utah and Iowa Lyceum pre-college philosophy programs, and currently serves as associate editor for the journal Precollege Philosophy and Public Practice.

His talk for A.P.E.X. Events is titled Reason in Enlightenment Europe: What Margaret Cavendish can
Teach us about Higher Education Today, and will focus on philosophical scholarship and scientific
reasoning in Enlightenment Europe. Margaret Cavendish provides an example of a thinker who was not
only engaged in the scientific enterprises of her day, but included disciplines we today categorize as
‘humanities.’ Her philosophical work opens a window into how enlightenment thinkers conceived of the
role and limits of reason. Contrary to the traditional interpretation, Dr. Phillips argues that ‘reason’ was
broader in scope — developments in science were paralleled by advances in the music, art, literature,
medicine, philosophy, etc. Cavendish provides us an opportunity to re-evaluate the narrowly scientific
conception of reason during the 17th and 18th centuries as well as our current outlook on education.

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship. All A.P.E.X. events are free and open to the public.

This semester, A.P.E.X. Event presentations will also be streamed live via Zoom. Join the event virtually at suu-edu.zoom.us/j/95861182001?pwd=U2NpZnhNR1NDMGtndWt0RVNSNEJLZz09.  


Tags: Languages and Philosophy APEX

Contact Information:

Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events
vartan@suu.edu