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David Morris


Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Majors: Philosophy, Economics
Concentration: Critical Theory
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Death by Chocolate
Best Adjective to Describe You: Active

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Try something new; explore some. Philosophy will spark your interest!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
The professors drew me to the department.  The breadth of the coursework and a love of reading tied me down. 

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” --Thomas H. Huxley

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
As Bertrand Russell said, “The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”  I find that this department gives me a solid base to do just that.  It is useful and empowering to develop questions in my other areas of interest (economics and the law) that bring about different, fruitful paths and conclusions which others may not travel or arrive. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
You can learn from anyone.  Rather than moving to de-legitimize another’s point of view if you disagree, understand why he or she feels this way.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
19th Century Philosophy.  Many of these books are beautifully written and the course works through a chronology of noteworthy philosophers. 

What is your SIP?
It will be something to do with philosophy of law.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After Kalamazoo I will be taking a year for work or research.  I hope to be going to law school in 2015. 

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