• Philosophy Professor Diane Michelfelder published a new book called Test-Driving the Future: Autonomous Vehicles and the Ethics of Technological Change. Political Science Professor Patrick Schmidt wrote one of the chapters with Macalester graduate Jeremy Carp ’12.

Infinite connections

Nicole Higgins ’23 (St. Paul) received the Jakob Laub Prize, a cash prize awarded to an advanced Macalester student for an exemplary paper or honors thesis in the philosophy of science, including mathematics. “I always like to tie mathematics into my philosophy papers, since that’s how my brain defaults to understanding the world,” said Higgins, a double major in philosophy and applied math. “I was ecstatic to be recognized — especially for my overlapping interests.”

hannah kim welcomeThe Philosophy Department welcomes new tenure track hire
Dr. Hannah Kim of Stanford University at a Summer Reception

Professor Kim is an expert in the philosophy of fiction, philosophy of art, and Asian philosophy. One of her forthcoming projects will explore the philosophical debate over the differences between music and language. At Macalester, Dr. Kim will teach courses on the philosophy of language, the philosophy of the mind, philosophy and literature, and Asian philosophy, as well as introductory courses and senior seminars. In the classroom, she likens her role as a teacher to that of a soccer referee, where her job is to create the boundaries for discussion and guide students as they pass their ideas around to each other. Dr. Kim grew up in Nevada, Korea, and Maryland. She received her BA in Philosophy and English from Emory University, M.St in Philosophical Theology from University of Oxford, and her doctorate in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from Stanford University.

The Sejong Cultural Society | Language, Memory, and Compassion in “Symbiosis Theory”

Philosophy Professor Hannah Kim’s essay won first place in the adult essay division of the 2022 Sejong Writing Competition.

IAI News | K-wave, K-pop… K-philosophy

In her essay for the Institute of Art and Ideas, Professor Hannah Kim examines the wave of Korean culture entering the West and explains why Korean philosophy is sure to follow.