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Andres ElAmin-Martinez

Critical Theory

East Lansing
Philosophy and English
Critical Theory
Study Abroad:
Caceres, Spain
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Cookie Dough
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Critical Theory helps us figure out how to diagnose society.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was drawn to philosophy by the complex yet fundamental questions it poses. I'm drawn back by the exciting lectures.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Give yourself plenty of time to complete the reading for classes. Be patient and be willing to ask questions if an idea doesn't make sense. Always try to understand an idea by applying it to something from your own life.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
It connects to my love of reading and it also greatly helps me understand and appreciate literature.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
It's important to understand someone else's point of view before criticizing them.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Logic and Reasoning. It felt like a class where we solved puzzles. I love puzzles and logic.

What is your SIP?
I'm comparing Ernest Hemingway's writing with the early philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein- both of them came to very similar conclusions about the nature of language after serving in the First World War

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Not entirely sure.

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