The Impact of Philosophy Education

Zoë Johnson-King, a principal founder of the University of Michigan Department of Philosophy Outreach Program, A2Ethics' partner in the Michigan Ethics Bowl, talks to us about her research into the impact of philosophy education. As she tells us on the podcast, this is a topic she knows firsthand, starting with a neon green philosophy handbook she found in her middle school library and, several twists and turns later, ultimately fulfilling her goal of studying philosophy in college.  

Johnson-King walks us through A2Ethics' and the University of Michigan's joint philosophy education efforts — the Ethics Bowl — explaining how the program works and what it's like for the students involved. She also tells us about her experience teaching philosophy abroad, in the United Kingdom, and how her classes of high school students reacted when handed some tough philosophical questions.

Johnson-King is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at U of M. She won the 2016-2017 Stevenson Prize, an award which recognizes excellence for a student's scholarship portfolio. She has been awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2017-2018 year. To learn more about her work, you can check out her profile on the U of M Philosophy Department website.