The Virtues and Vices Sourcebook: This book brings together primary source documents on the seven virtues and vices with artistic and musical renditions.
Laughter: My research tries to measure how the benefits of laughter might help 1 st year college students cope with cognitive conflict. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that laughing helps students become more comfortable with controversial topics. I want to see if more specific evidence proves or disproves that notion.
Contrasting Utopias: This manuscript reformulates the relationship between modernism, the avant-garde, and postmodernism using elements of the rite of passage model. While modernism is utopian in the traditional sense--attempting to establish a better artistic, social, and/or political order, the avant-garde is utopian in the sense of u-topos or "no place." The avant-garde functions and evokes a "no place" like the structural "no where" of liminality. Postmodernism is an attempt to negotiate both utopias by using the identity and strength of modernism with the self-criticism of the avant-garde.
Friendship's Paradoxes and Jerry Maguire : This manuscript explore paradoxes of friendship with reference to Jerry Maguire. The paradoxes center in how friendship seems both fortuitous and chosen, in the true beneficiary of friendship, and what is a "character friendship." The manuscript explore these paradoxes in Aristotle and Montaigne's ideas, and looks to Buber's ideas as a way to resolve them. The paradoxes and their resolutions are then explored in Jerry Maguire.
Humility: What does it really mean to be humble? How could humility be a virtue in the sense of "virtu" or "manliness?" What does it have to do with gender? What does it have to do with learning and growth? Could one develop a truly powerful and critical concept of humility? What is the relationship between humility and friendship or "epoche" (bracketing) or scientific repeatability?
Dissociation: What is dissociation? How is it a negative "defense mechanism?" How is it common and uncommon? How is it used? What is the connection between dissociation and autism? How is dissociation evident in the arts? .