Lila Wakeman

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Philosophy
1402 Patterson Office Tower
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Fall 2018 Office Hours: MWF 12-1 pm in 1402 Patterson Office Tower or by appointment

Ph.D. Candidate (Philosophy), University of Kentucky, expected defense 2020

M.A. (Philosophy), University of Kentucky, 2017

B.A. (Philosophy), Michigan State University, 2012

B.S. (Zoology), Michigan State University, 2012

Biography & Research

In 2007, I began studying zoology at Michigan State University with an interest in wildlife conservation and environmental sciences. After exploring the life sciences a bit, a growing love of neurobiology and its unsolved mysteries turned my attention towards the human animal. My experience in the natural sciences met dramatically with the ideas I encountered in courses on existentialism and social and political philosophy, and I decided to seek a career in philosophy. I completed my undergraduate education interested in research in phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, and social and political philosophy.

In 2014, I began attending the University of Kentucky as a doctoral candidate in philosophy. Having now completed my coursework at the University of Kentucky, I am researching the intersection of hermeneutics and social and political philosophy, with an emphasis on the concepts of truth, critique, power, and tradition. My work draws primarily from Hans-Georg Gadamer's hermeneutic theory and Michel Foucault's concept of power, with Jurgen Habermas playing a minor role as a kind of Enlightenment-era gadfly. I am interested in the function of tradition and meaning in the social and political life of the human animal.

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