Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics, Associate Professor
My family comes from Ohio–the Bendiks as immigrants from Vlachovo, Slovakia to southern Ohio mining country (Belle Valley) and then later as residents of Elyria; the Keymers from Oberlin, Lakewood and eventually Olmsted Falls. I went to public school in New Hartford, NY and in Rouen, France as an exchange student, then attended Yale College and University of Chicago.
To me, philosophy is about making sense out of life. For this reason, work with people– especially teaching – matters most to me, more than theoretical research.
Theory can be useful, though. Here are some studies for the most urgent project on which I’ve been working these past years:
Favorite book right now (January 2017): Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (Zone Books, 2015)
Favorite quote: “There is nothing in the world –nor even out of it – that is as unqualifiedly good as a good will.” Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (1785)
Favorite class as an undergraduate: Susan Neiman’s “Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason” (1990) As a graduate student: Martha Nussbaum’s “Neo-Aristotelian Political Thought” (1998) As a professor at CWRU: “In Love” (Fall 2013)