This blog is all about exchanging ideas between American and Malagasy culture. "Mifanakalo hevitra" as they say in Malagasy. It is something that I have been deeply interested in since I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the village of Ambatofinandrahana from 2007-2009. After the Peace Corps I finished my graduate work in philosophy and earned a Ph.D. in 2011. Since then I have been teaching philosophy to undergrads, but I never stopped thinking about my friends in Madagascar or the wonderful culture and worldview of the Malagasy people that I learned so much about from talking with my Malagasy students and friends. I had the good fortune to be living in Nashville, TN from 2009 to 2013 while a cohort of some of the brightest college students from Madagascar were studying at Lipscomb University. So, the exchange of ideas continued and I made new Malagasy friends. Fortune shown down on me as I was awarded a Fulbright to return to Madagascar and teach American Studies and work with members of the Anglophone Studies Department and the Philosophy Department at the University of Antananarivo. Beginning in November, I will teach about American culture to students at the university and conduct research on the history of philosophy in Madagascar and how the general worldview of the Malagasy people relates to happiness and the good life. I am very excited and also very humbled by the opportunity to continue the exchange of ideas between these two cultures, and continue to explore the similarities and differences between American and Malagasy ways of thought. I'll record my thoughts on research here, make notes on my teaching, and catalog the adventures that Emily and I and our two small children, Grady and Marcella, will have in Madagascar.
- Dec 21, 2017 The Philosophy of Malagasy Culture Dec 21, 2017
- Nov 6, 2017 Tena isaorana be dia be ianareo rehetra Nov 6, 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- Jan 23, 2017 Philosophy Club Jan 23, 2017
- Jan 16, 2017 The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and Shielded Subjects in Malagasy Jan 16, 2017
- Jan 7, 2017 Back to the Country Jan 7, 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- Sep 22, 2016 Exchanging Ideas: An American Philosopher In Madagascar Sep 22, 2016
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