I fell hard for Wittgenstein as an undergraduate philosophy major. I was simultaneously perplexed, charmed, befuddled, dubious, challenged, and so importantly, engaged by Wittgenstein's writings. Who could resist someone who wrote "What is your aim in philosophy? To shew the fly the way out of the fly-bottle." Years later (how many I will not say), his philosophy still guides my philosophical pursuits. Wittgenstein is my intellectual companion in all my work.
My interest in Wittgenstein is happily and productively combined with ethical matters. I have published two books on Wittgenstein and ethics. The first is Oppression and Responsibility (2002) and the second is Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life (2008). I am also the co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein (2002).
I regularly teach PHI 247: Applied Ethics, a course in which we explore the moral depth of many of our common ordinary practices and activities. I enjoy teaching this course so much because we focus on acquiring skills that enable us to engage in moral inquiry and transform moral disagreements in productive, useful, and respectful ways. Lisa Heldke and I each regularly teach PHI 102: Racism and Sexism. Over the course of more than ten years, we have developed an interlocking set of readings with a particular theoretical framework that resulted in our publishing Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance (2004).
My work is presently heading in two directions though they seem destined to intersect. I have written several essays that interrogate the mind/body dualism from the perspectives of abuse and trauma survivors.
My other recent work brings philosophical insights to issues of addiction and recovery. I have a new book forthcoming titled, Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery. Here is a link to a short interview from The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-morris/philosophy-and-addiction_b_999933.html I also have four pieces in The New York Times, one of which examines Plato's allegory of the cave as a way to understand addiction and recovery. Another piece rejects the analogy that addictions hijack brains. The third explores William James's notion of a "misery threshold." Links to them are found here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/peg-o%E2%80%99connor/
I also have blog with Psychology Today titled, "Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken." The address is: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/philosophy-stirred-not-shaken I also have a blog with Rehabs.com, which is an online resource for all matters treatment related. The address is http://www.rehabs.com/author/peg-o-connor/ These blogs are proving to be way too much fun.
While on sabbatical AY 2011-12, I was an AA Heckman Fellow at the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minnesota. My scholarship on philosophy and addiction both influences and is influenced by my work with the office of the dean of students on alcohol and drug education programs.
B.A. Wesleyan University, 1987M.A. University of Minnesota, 1993Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1996
GWS-118 (Feminist Controversies)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|WOM-118||Introduction to Women's Studies||10||2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA|
|PHI-247||Applied Ethics||9||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 1999/FA|
|GWS-118||Feminist Controversies||8||2014/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, and 2008/SP|
|PHI-115||Formal Logic||8||2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/JN, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/FA|
|GWS-380||Coll:Feminist/Pop Cult||6||2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA|
|WOM-380||Colloquium: Special Topic||6||2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP|
|PHI-102||Racism and Sexism||5||2007/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, and 1999/FA|
|PHI-246||Ethical Theory||4||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2010/FA|
|PHI-104||The Individual and Community||4||2000/SP and 1999/SP|
|PHI-202||Modern Philosophy||3||2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2000/SP|
|FTS-100||First Term Seminar||3||2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA|
|GWS-260||Global Feminisms||2||2009/FA and 2007/FA|
|PHI-371||Sem:Phil & Addiction||1||2013/SP|
|PHI-103||Mind and Matter||1||2011/SP|
|POL-380||Feminist Political Thought||1||2004/SP|
|PHI-116||Radical Social Commentary||1||2000/JN|
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