Baylor University's Honors College Hosts Philosopher for Formation Lecture Series

Feb. 20, 2013
Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Ph.D.Kyla Ebels-Duggan photo courtesy of Northwestern University

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2013) - Baylor University welcomes Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Ph.D., as the next guest scholar in the Honors College's Formation Lecture Series. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Reading Room of Alexander Residence Hall, 1413 S. Seventh St.

After graduating with a bachelor's and highest honors from the University of Michigan, Ebels-Duggan completed doctoral studies at Harvard University. While there, she wrote her dissertation on interpersonal relationships and the conditions of autonomy. She now works as an assistant professor of philosophy at Northwestern University.

Ebels-Duggan's lecture for the Honors College is titled "Autonomy as Intellectual Virtue." It will stem from her interests in the discussion and history of political and moral philosophy within a significantly Kantian tradition.

"What's most impressive is not that her essays have have appeared in top professional venues -- though that is indeed impressive -- but that her work addresses such a broad and fresh range issues, such as custody battles, and responsibility for past wrongs, and the nature of moral community," said Todd Buras, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, undergraduate program director and Faculty Master of Honors Residential College.

"She will be helping us think through the aims of education, and what it means to be formed as whole persons. Specifically, she will be addressing the relationship between autonomy and the intellectual virtues of humility and charity," Buras said. "She will argue that the cultivation of intellectual virtue is a better way to think about the aims of education than merely the promotion of autonomy."

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the Honors College and this event, click here.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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