One part of Loyola Marymount University’s mission – the education of the whole person – is embodied nowhere better than in Dr. Brad Elliott Stone, rated one of America’s 300 Best Professors by The Princeton Review. As professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of African American Studies, Stone has lived this conviction as praxis, both in his classroom and also in his research. Not only has Stone taught almost every kind of LMU student – freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, first- and second-year M.A. students – he has enjoyed teaching them all. According to Stone, while graduate level courses are exciting because they let students engage at a high level, freshman courses enable students to build their thinking on foundations of logic and learn to tell their stories, a skill integral to the practice of philosophy. “Philosophy comes from personal stories,” he said, as well as the personal investment each of us has in discovering the truth.
In addition to teaching, Stone was the director of the University Honors Program from 2009 to 2013, and is published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as “Theoforum,” “The Other Journal” and “Foucault Studies,” in addition to contributing to major academic volumes like “Foucault: Key Concepts and The Blackwell Companion to Foucault.”
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