J.P. Rosensweig is the Founder of The Philosophy Institute: Bringing Ideas to Life, which he started in 1999. Through the Philosophy Institute Mr. Rosensweig teaches people from all walks of life. In addition to the regular Institute classes, which are open to anyone of any age and background, through the Institute he has taught philosophy to lower-income high school students, to corporate executives, to retirees, and to individuals in a one-on-one dialogue setting, among other programs. These programs have been in Chicago and in various locations around the United States.
His work at the Philosophy Institute has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and NewCity Magazine. He has also presented lectures in a variety of conferences and settings, among which was a lecture at the annual conference for the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, on how to teach philosophy so that it matters to people’s lives and to our society. Another of these was a talk at the national conference of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning, home of the Politics of Meaning, on why philosophy is often thought of as merely an intellectual exercise, and, on the contrary, how it can be crucial in helping us, at a societal and individual level, lead more fulfilling lives.
He also often teaches philosophy at Colorado College, as a visiting lecturer. He was educated at Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Chicago. Among the honors he has received are being selected to Phi Beta Kappa after his third year at Yale, awarded to approximately the top 3% of the class. In one class he taught at Colorado College, he was asked to use drafts of his writing as some of the readings for the class, to give the students an example of a contemporary philosopher doing original work in philosophy. He is currently at work on Modes of Being, a book of philosophical explorations written in a literary style.
Last updated on November 15th, 2021.