Philosophy gives us an opportunity to rediscover our intellectual curiosity, especially when applied to questions not traditionally considered 'philosophy'. I think the value of philosophy, and in its study, lies in its demand that we ask questions, and that we refuse to settle for easy answers. Unfortunately, philosophy has become more and more removed from the public sphere.
My work in public philosophy aims to change that. I want to rekindle our desire to ask even the simplest and silliest of questions. For instance, questions like: is the sky really blue?, or do I actually exist? The podcasts I wrote for the Texas Humanities Project address many such questions.
One of my major goals is to bring philosophy to groups who lack access to it. With this goal in mind, I founded Corrupt the Youth - a philosophy outreach program that works with high school students in under-resourced schools.
I have also written pieces about pre-college philosophy programs, and on the lack of diversity in philosophy.
"Exploring the Practice of Public Philosophy" (interview)
The Public Life of the Mind, May 2020
"Identity, Knowledge, and the link between philosophy and social inequality"(interview)
Gender Talks, February 2020
"To Follow Blindly: Army Ants and Echo Chambers"
The Daily Ant, January 2019
"Identity Matters: Standpoint Epistemology with Briana Toole"
Examining Ethics Podcast, October 2018
"Corrupt the Youth: a philosophy outreach program"
Blog of the APA, January 2018
"The problem of diversity in philosophy: a US perspective"
Times Higher Education, September 2016
Pictured: The School of Athens by Raphael.
You Didn't Start the Fire
This episode asks: how do you know what you know? Listen here.
Corrupt the Youth
This episode explores why Ben Franklin so admired Socrates. Listen here.
This episode questions just what philosophy is really good for. Listen here.
The Battle of the Sexes
This episode explores the social construction of gender and the myth of objectivity. Listen here.
This episode might make you question whether the sky is really blue. Listen here.
The Black Man's Cogito
This episode explores why who we are matters to how we approach our work. Listen here.