Erica Stonestreet, Ph.D

I can recite Robert Frost's "The Star-Splitter," Walt Whitman's "There Was A Child Went Forth," and Rilke's "Zum Einschlafen Zu Sagen" by heart. Why? Because when I sat in the arboretum of Gustavus Adolphus College and read them, they summed up everything about life and the liberal arts that inspires me.  So I memorized them. Why didn't I end up studying literature, then? One reason is that I also loved philosophy, math, and music, and I just couldn't fit everything in. With all these interests, you might wonder how I came to be a philosopher. I usually say philosophy chose me: I couldn't help it. After I graduated from Gustavus, I tried to combine my interests in math and philosophy by trotting off to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where I did several things: studied logic and the philosophy of mathematics, earning an M.S.; learned by living away how deep my roots in Minnesota are; discovered a passion for non-academic writing (I favor the "familiar" essay); and realized how much I love humanistic education. Studying a technical discipline showed me how much of a liberal arts junkie I really am, because I missed thinking about life. So I transferred to the University of Michigan to concentrate on ethics.  The work I did there (and continue to do) centers around self-creation and the reasons for action that stem from who we are: in short, the ethics of identity. I'm most interested in love and caring, and the relationships, projects and things that make us who we are in a biographical sense.  My current project is an essay exploring what defines motherhood of multiples, because in July 2013 my husband Aaron and I welcomed twin daughters, who joined their older brother to make us a family of five.

Teaching & Research Interests:
ethics of identity: self-creation, love and caring, virtue, and personhood; moral philosophy; applied ethics (especially business ethics); philosophy of human nature; logic

Fall 2014 Schedule:
PHIL 110-01A Logic
Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time: 10:20-11:15 am
Place: Quad 343
CRN #: 14114

PHIL 123-01A Philosophy of Human Nature (HM)
Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time: 12:40-1:35pm
Place: Quad 339
CRN #:11223

PHIL 123-02A Philosophy of Human Nature (HM)
Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time: 1:50-2:45pm
Place: Quad 339
CRN #: 12785