Compass is an philosophy workshop for undergraduates for historically underrepresented groups in philosophy. The workshop brings together about ten to twelve undergraduates enrolled in Texas schools for a weekend of discussion, networking and social events. Travel, food and lodging are covered by the University of Texas at Austin. Five or six articles are selected each year around a specific theme in philosophy, and each is discussed with the help of a graduate student summarizing and clarifying the major points, and leading the conversation.
I organized the workshops listed below.
COMPASS 2022 READING LIST: Feminist Philosophy of Language (Tentative)
Langton, R. (1993). Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 22(4), 293–330.
Kukla, R. (2014). Performative Force, Convention, and Discursive Injustice. Hypatia, 29(2), 440–457.
Maitra, I. (2012). Subordinating Speech. In Speech and Harm. Oxford University Press.
Hom, C. (2008). The Semantics of Racial Epithets. The Journal of Philosophy, 105(8), 416–440.
Saul, J. (2018). Dogwhistles, Political Manipulation, and Philosophy of Language. In New Work on Speech Acts. Oxford University Press.
COMPASS 2021 READING LIST: Ethics and Aesthetics
Archer, A., & Ware, L. (2018). Beyond the Call of Beauty: Everyday Aesthetic Demands Under Patriarchy. The Monist, 101(1), 114–127.
Bacharach, S. (2018). Finding Your Voice in the Streets: Street Art and Epistemic Injustice. The Monist, 101(1), 31–43.
Devereaux, M. (1998). Beauty and evil: The case of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. In J. Levinson (Ed.), Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection (pp. 227–256). Cambridge University Press.
Goerger, M. (2017). Value, violence, and the ethics of gaming. Ethics and Information Technology, 19(2), 95–105.
Neill, A., & Ridley, A. (2010). Religious Music for Godless Ears. Mind, 119(476), 999–1023.
Rudinow, J. (1994). Race, Ethnicity, Expressive Authenticity: Can White People Sing the Blues? The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 52, 127.
MEDITATION AND PHILOSOPHY
I lead the meditation and philosophy group at the University of Texas at Austin, which was founded by Kimberly Dill. The aim of the group is to practice and learn meditation together. I start each semester with a few sessions of guided meditation practices in the Vipassana tradition but everyone is encouraged to follow whatever practice is beneficial to them. We conclude each session by sharing tea and reflecting on our experience.