Peg O'Connor, Ph.D.

Peg O’Connor, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Her training is in moral philosophy, feminist philosophy, and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. She is the author of Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life: Feminist Wittgensteinian Metaethics (Penn State 2008) and Oppression and Responsibility: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Social Practices and Moral Theory (Penn State 2002). She has co-edited Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein with Naomi Scheman (Penn State 2002) and Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance with Lisa Heldke (McGraw Hill 2004).

She is the Chair of the Program Committee for the Nobel Conference "The Meaning of Addiction," to be held at Gustavus Adolphus College in October 2015.

More importantly, Peg O’Connor is a recovering alcoholic who maintains that philosophy got and helps her to stay sober. For the last five years, she has shifted the focus of her work to using some of the great canonical thinkers in western philosophy to illuminate dimensions of addiction. She understands addiction as a meaning of life problem and no discipline is as well suited as philosophy to address meaning of life questions. Some might argue that has been the subject of philosophy for millennia. Thus for her, work on addiction stirs philosophy in good ways by bringing it out of the ivory tower and back to the public realm. But philosophy will never be shaken.

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Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken

Addiction and recovery can be quests to find meaning and value in life. Philosophy has been addressing meaning of life questions since its beginning. This blog brings some of the great concepts and quetions of western philosophy to illuminate the multiple dimensions of addiction.