Project Team

Institute co-directors

The Institute will be jointly directed by Stephen Angle, Stephen Grimm, and Meghan Sullivan. All three have pioneered “philosophy as a way of life” courses at their universities and have ample experience organizing large conferences and academic events. Prof. Angle also co-directed a highly successful NEH seminar on Confucianism and Virtue Ethics at Wesleyan during the summer of 2008.

Stephen Angle is Professor of Philosophy and Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. Fluent in Mandarin and in classical Chinese, Angle was a Berggruen Fellow at Tsinghua University during academic year 2016-17. His books include Virtue Ethics and Confucianism (Routledge, 2013) and Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Oxford, 2009). Angle received his B.A. from Yale University in East Asian Studies and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. He is a recipient of two Fulbright grants, a Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowship, a Chiang Ching-Kuo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Wesleyan. He blogs on Chinese and comparative philosophy at Warp, Weft, and Way.

Stephen Grimm is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is series editor for the Oxford University Press line Guides to the Good Life, which focuses on the idea of philosophy as a way of life. From 2013-2016 he led a $4.5 million dollar interdisciplinary project on the nature of understanding, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation. He is a graduate of Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D.), has received the Undergraduate Teaching Award in the Humanities at Fordham, and is the current President of Philosophers in Jesuit Education.

Meghan Sullivan is Professor of Philosophy at The University of Notre Dame and Director of the University Philosophy Requirement. She designed and regularly teaches God and the Good Life: a large-lecture, immersive introductory ``way of life’’ course at Notre Dame. Sullivan has published work in many of the leading generalist philosophy journals, including Nous, Ethics, and Philosophical Studies. She just finished her first book -- Time Biases -- with OUP. Sullivan also regularly writes shorter public philosophy essays—including publications in The Huffington Post and Commonweal—and gives public philosophy talks.

Visiting speakers

Nicholas Bommarito

Nicholas Bommarito (Buffalo) is a specialist in Buddhist Philosophy. His book Inner Virtue is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and he is the winner of the Joukowsky Outstanding Dissertation Prize from Brown University.

Jennifer Gosseti-Ferencei

Jennifer Gosseti-Ferencei (Fordham/Birmingham) works in Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, and the Philosophy of Literature. Her book, Exotic Spaces in German Modernism, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011, and she is a recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching Award in the Humanities at Fordham.

Tushar Irani

Tushar Irani (Wesleyan) specializes in Greek and Roman Philosophy. His book, Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He has taught two courses following the “way of life” model at Wesleyan.

Christiana Olfert

Christiana Olfert (Tufts) is a specialist in Ancient Philosophy, and is the author of the forthcoming Oxford University Press book, Aristotle on Practical Truth. She is the winner of the Journal of the History of Philosophy annual article prize for her paper, “Aristotle on Practical Truth.”

Karen Stohr

Karen Stohr (Georgetown) works in ethics, with a focus on Kant’s moral philosophy. She is author of the Routledge book, On Manners, and has written for The New York Times’s “The Stone” column.