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Kelly H.


Montréal, QC

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December 12, 2012

Tell us a little about yourself

I'm Chinese of origin. My family immigrated to Vancouver when I was 10 years old. I'm taking more philosophy courses next semester. Even in conferences, it is hard to just talk about general topics with other students. This venue would be a great outlet to just talk about philosophy in general.

How did you become interested in philosophy?

I took an Intro to Philosophy course in the summer. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I liked it a lot. At first, I felt incredibly dumb just doing the readings over and over again, not really understanding what the philosopher is talking about, namely Descartes and Locke. Philosophy is very hard to understand at first, but once you get there, it is tremendously rewarding. It's like all the life lessons that your parents would have wanted to tell you or couldn't say so eloquently. It teases a very particular part of your brain. I've done mostly ethics topics and I'm very excited to start my Presocratic Philosophy class next term.

What topics interest you the most?

Epistemology, Ancient Philosophy and Metaphysics

Can you summarize your philosophical outlook in 50 words or less?

Still very torn and undecided. Used to think that I was into existentialism, until I read de Beauvoir. Metaphysics wise, empirical. Ethics, leaning towards virtue ethics and deontology. Not religious. I haven't read a lot of Kant's epistemology stuff yet, but very interested. Is there a priori synthetic knowledge? And what is a priori synthetic knowledge exactly?

Your favorite book?

Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics"


Hi, I'm a McGIll student. 23 years old. I went to high school in Vancouver and I've been in Montreal for 5 years now. I was studying Management before, and now I switched to English Lit/Philosophy/Frenc­h.

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