Lisa Heldke: Teaching at Gustavus Posted on November 22nd, 2022 by

2004 Carlson Award Winner, Lisa Heldke, Philosophy Department

Lisa Heldke

“My favorite moment in a class: someone, in frustration and confusion, asks a question. And I respond ‘YES! Exactly!’ They’re taken aback of course; they’d hoped I might, well, answer the question, not express delight at their confusion.But that’s what philosophy does: it asks the questions that lie out at the edges of understanding. With luck, they’ll realize that formulating the questions just out of reach gratifies far more than any standard-issue answer I might give to them.”

— Lisa Heldke,
Professor of Philosophy
2004 Winner of the Edgar M. Carlson
Award for Distinguished Teaching


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