The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Joe Cruz

Joe CruzJoe Cruz is Associate Professor of philosophy and chair of the cognitive science program at Williams College. Joe’s writing and research focuses on contemporary philosophy of mind, the nature of human knowledge, and the relationship between philosophy and science. More broadly, his interests include neuroscience, philosophy and literature, and cross-cultural perspectives on psychology. Joe is Puerto Rican and grew up in Brooklyn and Miami.

The Limits of Reflection

In the wake of half chagrined confessions that I am a philosophy professor, not infrequently — and positively reliably on cramped airplanes — I’m asked what my personal philosophy is. It’s not an entirely unreasonable question. Philosophers are expected to have developed, or at least be on the way to developing, an articulate view of the world, of right conduct, and of the good life.