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APA Member Interview: Yishai Cohen

Yishai Cohen earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University, and will be earning his Ph.D. this summer from Syracuse University. He works mainly in the metaphysics of free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.

What excites you about philosophy?

Realizing that many of the assumptions that we take for granted face gripping philosophical objections. This is also what scares me the most about philosophy.

What time of day are you most productive and creative?

I find myself to be most productive in the morning (after a large consumption of coffee, of course). At the same time, I find my most creative (bizarre?) ideas occurring in the late evening. I can’t tell if that’s a good thing.

What are your goals and aspirations outside work?

I’ve been messing around recently with a music software program, and would like to make an electronic album at some point. Given how competitive the philosophy world is, however, it’s difficult to refrain from feeling guilty when you’re doing anything other than philosophizing.

Where is your favorite place you have ever traveled, and why?

Vancouver: the way the city is engulfed by nature is breathtaking.

Which super power would you like to have?

The ability to act in such a way that the past or the laws of nature would have been different. In all seriousness, though, flying would be pretty exhilarating.

What’s your favorite quote?

Confronted with their true selves, most men run away screaming. —The NeverEnding Story

What technology do you wish the human race could discover right now?

Some sort of Trump repellent.

Find out more about Yishai here.


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