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Neag Professors announced

Date: 11/5/2013



Drs. Bongrae Seok and Janae Sholtz have been awarded Neag Professorships for 2013-14. Both are members of Alvernia's philosophy department. Seok will start his term in January and Sholtz will begin in July. 

Neag Professorships, made possible thanks to the generous support of Carole and Ray Neag through the Values & Vision Campaign in 2010, are awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in their scholarly work and distinction in their teaching, whether in undergraduate liberal arts education or in graduate and professional education. The professorships are part of a comprehensive effort to expand support for our faculty’s teaching excellence as well as scholarly and creative achievement.

Dr. Bongrae Seok, associate professor of philosophy, teaches major areas of philosophy such as ethics, law, modern and contemporary philosophy, and philosophy of the mind, as well as master's and doctoral courses. With a background in neuroscience and psychology, his research has touched a number of topics including philosophies of the mind, Asian philosophy, and logical thinking.

His latest book, “Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Philosophy,” combines ancient Chinese philosophy and contemporary cognitive neuroscience to deliver the message that our basic moral abilities are built into our physical bodies.

“We, of course, need careful analysis and deliberation for complicated moral issues. But for our everyday dealings with other people, we are very much moral animals as we are social animals, and our bodies tell that to us,” Seok says.

Dr. Janae Sholtz, assistant professor of philosophy, teaches in major areas of philosophy such as ancient philosophy, the history of philosophy, social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of art and feminist theory. 

Her research primarily focuses on Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and she is working on a book about the intersections between ontology, art and the political in Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze, situating this discussion in the larger context of contemporary philosophical conversation concerning community.

In spring of 2013, she coauthored "The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger"  and “What is Philosophy for Deleuze and Foucault?” 

Dr. Sholtz is interested in developing courses that serve to stimulate a wide undergraduate audience to philosophical questioning and inspire students to continue along the path of philosophical inquiry. 

Past Neag Scholars:
Dr. Spencer S. Stober, biology, 2012
Dr. Donna Yarri, theology, 2011

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