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Federico Spalletti

Philosophy

Email: k14fs02@kzoo.edu
Hometown: La Spezia, Italy
Major: Philosophy
Study Abroad: Bonn, Germany
Best Adjective to Describe You: Intense


In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Facilitating the introduction of new students to philosophy and its investigative method, and making a case for its potential.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
I suggest them to build their academic aspirations upon a self-propelled love for the philosophical method, rather than upon the practical possibilities it opens. To do the latter is to miss the point of both higher education and philosophy. You must actively practice your subject, find yourself genuinely intrigued by its problems. Also, recognize and appreciate philosophy as a terminologically precise and domain specific subject, not to be confused with other mundane uses of the term "philosophy."

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Not to compromise on personal, academic and ideological perfectionism.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Philosophy of Art. The class focuses on the interaction between the spiritual and the material, debunking a purported dualism between aesthetic appreciation and normal processes of living. It is an eye-opening class for people who wish to live and dream beyond a stifling materiality.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have expanded into interdisciplinary subjects which fortified my understanding of basic conceptual schemata which philosophy continually touches upon. I prefer to expand in order to complement a central interest, rather than to do so according to personal curiosity.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have studied abroad in Germany, a great opportunity in order to get acquainted with the philosophical language par excellence.

What is your SIP?
My SIP focuses on an analytical theory claiming that thought cannot be extruded from the language in which it is embedded. By studying the relationship between language and thought, I hope to reveal the inner machinations of the metaphysical language, in order to discuss, and also defend and justify, the possibility of talking about the nature of reality.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I would like to go to graduate school relatively quick, and become a professor in the subject later on in life. I find a professor's teaching method to be crucial in a student's intellectual development, a development which I would be honored to facilitate in my professional career.

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