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Kylie Long, Class of 2019, CAS

Scholarship student Kylie Long ’19 finds her intellectual community

Finding life balance is a quest that junior Kylie Long, an aspiring radiologist, appreciates. Her pathway of learning and discovery at Cornell has led her to pursue the humanities along with the sciences and to study ancient texts as well as conduct stem cell research.... Still, the decision to pursue a major in philosophy, in addition to biology, came as a surprise to her.... Long had thought it was a decidedly dry subject. Her opinion changed on the first day of her sophomore year, however, after she sat in on an ancient philosophy class and also one called “The Ethics of Eating,” a university course.

What is Metaphysics?

Are we the same people as we were as babies? Is a table the same if you inscribe your name into its surface? And what about causation, which is so central to our thinking, on what terms does one event cause another? Abstract questions like these are what Karen Bennett, now a leading metaphysician chronicled in this Cornell Research story, fell in love with when she first encountered philosophy in college. “It was finally—someone was addressing these questions that would keep me up at night,” she says. “I just loved it.”

Kate A. Manne,  Assistant Professor

“In the wake of the #MeToo campaign, we must ask ourselves the question: ‘How have we contributed to the silence surrounding sexual assault and harassment?’ And, often, the answer is that we only believe the victims we want to: and, conversely, we only heed the evidence against those men we’re not invested in believing in.”