About Betty Stoneman

This blog was originally created in order to fulfill an e-portfolio requirement for undergraduate graduation. At the time, I never really intended it to be anything other than a hoop to jump through for getting my degree. However, I have continued to add essays to the blog throughout my academic career, and then I eventually started adding other written works. At the point I no longer feel like adding pieces, I will stop, and this blog will just inhabit a minuscule and untraveled electronic landscape in the vast universe of the internet. Until then, this blog contains a variety of written works that by no means ought to be taken to be representative of who I am, whatever that is. It is just a blog that tries to work through thought, in all of its multifaceted forms and in all of its messiness. The reader will note that very many of the posts are from when I was an undergraduate, and as such represent an undergraduate’s attempts at testing out and exploring new ideas and ways of expressing those ideas. Much of what I am doing now is still in this vein of testing and exploration, and I can only hope that it has become more refined. I am not concerned with and do not dare to claim absolute knowledge. I am concerned with wisdom as it relates to living well. I am concerned with what it means to live a good life; a life of flourishing, a moral and just life, and a meaningful life. I offer here only perspectives in an attempt to work through these complicated questions.

Betty Jean Stoneman

I. Personal Information

Dept. of Philosophy, 561 S. Kilgo Circle, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322


II. Education

Emory University: PhD Expected 2021

Emory University: ABD – PhD Candidate, 2019

Emory University: MA Philosophy, 2019

Utah Valley University: BA Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2012 – 2015 Minors: Ethics, Peace and Justice Studies

Salt Lake Community College: AS General Studies, High Honors, 2008 – 2012

III. Teaching History

Instructor, Introduction to Logic, Emory University (Spring 2019)

Co-Instructor, Philosophy of Love and Friendship, Emory University (Spring 2018)

Teaching Assistant, 19th and 20th Century Philosophy, Emory University (Fall 2017)

Teaching Assistant, Ethics and Values, Utah Valley University (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)

Teaching Assistant, Ethics of Human and Animal Relationships, Utah Valley University (Fall 2015)

IV. Areas of Interest

  • 19th and 20th Century Continental
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Marxism

V. Publications              

Juried Articles

“The Dichotomy of Sight vs. Touch: The Harm of the Primacy of Sight for Empathy.” Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies 2 (Winter 2016).

“Ideological Domination: Deconstructing the Paradox of the American Dream and the Working Class Promise.” Stance 7 (2014).

VI. Presentations

Conference Presentations 

“Wright and Beauvoir in Dialogue: Coalesced Freedom in Situations of Oppression,” Diverse Lineages/North American Sartre Society (Summer 2019)

“A Re-reading of Sartre’s Challenge to White Supremacy: White Double Consciousness, the Imaginary, and Freedom,” North American Sartre Society (Fall 2018)

“The Imaginary Gaze: A Re-Reading of Sartre’s Challenge to White Supremacy,” UK Sartre Society (Summer 2018)

“Political Obligation and Civil Disobedience in Aristotle by way of Justice and Friendship,” Loyola University Philosophy Graduate Student Conference (Fall 2017)

“Phenomenal Empathic Touch: An Alternative to the Primacy of Rationalist Sight,” San Diego State University Undergraduate Women in Philosophy Conference (Fall 2014)

“A Marxist Critique of the Individual, Self-Interested, Wealth Maximizer,” University of Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (Fall 2014)

“Radicalesbians and Nietzsche: Slave Morality and the Uberfrau,” Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference, University of Utah (Spring 2014)

“Failures of a Developed Country,” J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice, Utah Valley University (Spring 2014)

“Kantian Vegetarianism: From Pyrrhonian Skepticism to Justification for Belief,” Utah Valley University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (Fall 2013)

“The Slave Morality of the Working Class Promise and the Domination of the American Dream,” Utah Undergraduate Research Conference, Utah State University (Fall 2013)

Seminars and Consortiums

“What We Can Learn About Whiteness from Sartre’s Challenge to White Supremacy in Black Orpheus,” Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy (Summer 2019)

Sawyer Seminar: New Scholarship on the Affects, Emory University (Fall 2016 –Spring 2017)

Oxford Human Rights Consortium, Oxford University (Spring 2015)

“Response to Cheyney Ryan: The Visionary and the Pragmatic,” Building Peace in the 21st Century: Global Ethical Dialogues, University of Utah (Spring 2014)

Nietzsche and the Moral Problems of Nihilism, Salt Lake Community College (Spring 2014)

Community Presentations

“Justifying Violent Oppression,” Feminist Majority SLC, Salt Lake Community College (March 2016)

VII. Honors and Recognitions

Outstanding Graduate of the Philosophy Department (Utah Valley University, 2015)

Phi Theta Kappa (Salt Lake Community College 2010 -2012, Utah Valley University 2012 – 2015)

Dean’s Merit Scholarship (Utah Valley University Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

VIII. Departmental, College, and University Activities

Utah Valley University

Guest Editor, JustPeace: A Journal of Creativity and Multivocality (Fall 2015)

Peace and Justice Studies Club (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Philosophy Club (Fall 2014)

Internship for Peace and Justice Studies (2013)

Judge for Utah High School Ethics Bowl (Fall 2013, Spring 2015)

Salt Lake Community College

Ethics Bowl (2011)

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One thought on “About Betty Stoneman

  1. Betty is one of the most astute and incredibly intelligent students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. She is every grad school’s desire and every professor’s dream student. I can’t wait to worship at the altar she is creating with her work. I wish I had her indefatigable knack for writing; her ability to represent an argument; her flair for making the inane intelligible. One word sums this beautiful woman up….wow!

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