This year’s outstanding philosophy graduate is Mackenzie Kane. Mackenzie is wonderful in many ways, and as a philosopher I am tempted to offer clear and compelling arguments - all of which I can assure you are sound - to illustrate this fact. But I doubt we have the time…
Over the past year, Mackenzie has done some very interesting philosophical work. She has written on the division of the soul in Ancient Greek philosophy and its relation to current conceptions of deeper selves. She has just turned in a clear and fittingly complex analysis of Alasdair MacIntyre’s account of the importance of narrative unity in understanding human lives, in which she carefully distinguishes between the understanding of an action in its proper context and the intelligibility of an action. And I have failed to mention much of her other work, including another excellent paper exploring the relationship between undignified means and dignified ends.
Mackenzie is diligent, honest, and careful. She is neither afraid of hard questions nor serious work – as evidenced by her taking on an independent study on contemporary virtue ethics and an upper-level seminar in ethical theory – in the same term.
The philosophers are very pleased to announce that Mackenzie Kane is our outstanding graduate and the inaugural recipient of the St. Catherine of Siena Philosophy Award. In addition to a very modest gift necessary for philosophical pursuits – coffee and a book, and with Mackenzie’s permission, the philosophers have made similarly modest donations to the Grand Rapids Dominicans and the Central Province of the Dominican Friars in her honor.
Congratulations, Mackenzie. Well done.
-- Bryan Pilkington, Ph.D., Wege Ballroom, Aquinas College, 5/9/14