ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Monica Vilhauer, Ph.D. is a Portland born philosopher and writer. After earning her B.A. in philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and then her Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research in New York, she went on to teach philosophy at Roanoke College in Virginia, earning tenure in 2012, and the college's prestigious Exemplary Professional Achievement Award in 2013. Along the way, she also taught at Eugene Lang College in New York and Pacific University in Oregon.
Monica's philosophical interests range widely from ethics and social-political philosophy, to the philosophy of dialogue and communication, ancient Greek philosophy, feminist philosophy, existentialism, and the philosophy of nature. She is author of a number of articles and a book on the ethical dimensions of dialogue, entitled Gadamer's Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other.
After teaching college courses for over a decade, Monica is eager to expand the discipline of philosophy beyond the classroom, connect it to lived experience, and make it accessible to a broad audience. She created Curious Soul Philosophy in 2015 in order to practice philosophy as a way of life and focus on philosophy's practical value.
Monica sees herself as a lifelong student of philosophy and enthusiastic asker of questions. She sees philosophy not as a series of pre-packaged answers, but as a process of inquiry, examination, and experimentation. As a workshop leader, Monica is an experienced guide that can help participants navigate what might sometimes seem like impenetrable texts, so that insights may be unlocked, assessed, and applied to our lives.
To learn more about Monica's academic and artistic work, visit her website: www.monicavilhauer.com.