Dr Jennifer Corns
- Lecturer in Philosophy (Philosophy)
I want to understand how our everyday ways of thinking about ourselves (including our minds and bodies) and what's important to us (including our feelings and health) are appropriately employed for (specialized) scientific and ethical theorizing. I think it's credible that if we can get better at this, then we will make ourselves and our lives a bit better.
Suffering and Autonomy at End of Life, Royal Society fo Edinburgh, 2017-2018.
- Award: £9,707.50
- Grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to host two workshops and a conference investigating the theoretical and practical implications of the ways in which suffering both augments and threatens autonomy at the end of life.
Mind Newtork, Scots Philosophical Association, 2017.
- Award: £925
- Grant to organize and host a meeting of the Mind Network.
The Value of Suffering, John Templeton Foundation, 2013-2016,
- Award: £362,372
- Named postdoctoral researcher on grant for a three year interdisciplinary investigation into the nature, meaning, and role of affective experiences.
Five College Dissertation Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College, 2011-2012
- Award: Full living expenses and accommodation for one year. Duties additional to dissertation research included one course of senior undergraduate teaching focused on the thesis.
Robert Gilleece Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center, 2006-2011
- Award: Full tuition and living expenses for five years.
DSC Travel and Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center, 2010
- Award: Travel and lodging for invited international presentation of research.
Jennifer is currently keen to supervise students from within the philosophy of mind, science, or ethics concering pain, affect, qualities, suffering, death, or well-being.
She is currently supervising postgraduate students on qualitative character, well-being, and pain at the end of life.
My central goal in teaching philosophy is to help students learn to give and take reasons. Despite the abundance of information at their fingertips, many students have relatively little practice evaluating and developing their own thoughts. The average student already knows what they think about traditional philosophical questions, but not why.
It is a great privelege to encourage students to examine not only what they believe but the reasons for their beliefs, to teach them to revise or reject their beliefs in the light of discovered reasons, and to guide their practice in clearly and usefully expressing their resultant beliefs both aloud and in writing.
University of Glasgow (2012-Present)
MSC Module: Philosophy of Mind
MLitt Module: Philosophy of Mind
Senior Honors: PerceptionMLitt Module: Research Methods
Senior Honours: Pleasure and Pain
IK: Mind and Perception
1M: Plato's Republic
Mount Holyoke College (2011-2012)
Senior Elective: Pain
CUNY Barch College (2008-2011)
Senior Capstone: Philosophy Today
Logic and Moral Reasoning
Major Issues in Philosophy
CUNY College Now Program (2007-2008)
Introduction to Philosophy
I was born with a tooth and red hair in Edmonds, Washington. As a kid, while we moved up and down the west coast, I began doing children's theatre and reading a lot in the car.
As a teenager, I played the alto saxophone, became a vegetarian, and read a lot in the library. After high school, I travelled as an actress, learned how to play the drums, and read in corners and under stairwells.
In 2001, I began part-time attendance at Edmonds Community College, and transferred to Seattle Pacific University in 2003. I acquired my first apartment, an addiction to coffee, an undying love for trees, rain, and Kant, and finally in 2006, my BA in Philosophy. I read everywhere.
In 2006, I began attending the City University of New York Graduate Center, which fostered my interest in many things and engendered a fascination with pain. From 2011-2012, I held a Five College Dissertation Fellowship at Mount Holyoke College and taught some amazingly bright students my PhD thesis. In 2012, I received honors for that thesis, "Pain is Not a Natural Kind."
Since graduating, I have been incredibly fortunate in my academic appointments. From February, 2012 through May, 2016 I was postdoctoral research fellow and project manager first for the Pain Project, followed by the Value of Suffering Project, both based at the University of Glasgow. FromJune, 2016 through November, 2016 I was the Anniversary Lecturer in the Philosophy and Politics of Health at Lancaster University. In November, 2016, I returned as Lecturer to the University of Glasgow.
Philosophically: I want to understand how our everyday ways of thinking about ourselves (including our minds and bodies) and what's important to us (including our feelings and health) are appropriately employed for (specialized) scientific and ethical theorizing. I think it's credible that if we can get better at this, then we will make ourselves and our lives a bit better.
Personally: I like travel, music (jazz, classical, hip-hop), Russian literature, Virginia Woolf, peppermint patties, salmon salad, turtles, boots, good quotes, and sincere people--including and especially my amazing husband. I hate country music, things stuck in my teeth, false flattery, false humility, and narrow-mindedness.
I still read a lot. Mostly, in my office.