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01/01/2021

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Shout out to Mark Schroeder for being a mensch.

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Anonymous Grad Student

There's vanishingly little chance he'll read this, but I'll always be grateful to Kilian Currey. While I was an undergraduate at my parents' home for the summer, I met Kilian at a Barnes and Noble perusing the philosophy section. We got to talking for hours about Kant and Aquinas and whatnot. He informed me that he'd been a philosophy professor in New York for so-many years before retiring. (He was 83 at this point.) We became friends, and to this day whenever we're both in town and there isn't a pandemic afoot we meet up at that Barnes and Noble and just talk philosophy.

I'm grateful for the mentorship, the friendship, and for a particular moment I vividly recall from that first day we met. I'd told him that while I loved philosophy, I probably would pursue something more financially reliable, perhaps law. As our conversation was ending we were walking out and he said, "Well [insert my name], it sounds like you don't really want to study law. It sounds like you want to study philosophy." That wasn't a revelation, of course. It was just obvious. But he said it as if to say that that fact mattered more than I was giving it credit for. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't, but it was a moment of affirmation that helped me feel more surefooted when I ultimately decided to pursue what I love.

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