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Peg O’Connor, PhD

Peg O’Connor, PhD

Peg O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. She is the author of the popular Psychology Today blog “Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken” and contributor to the Pro Talk series at Rehabs.com. In her writing, which has appeared in The New York Times and the Huffington Post, she uses philosophy to illuminate the complexities of addiction as a lived experience. As an A.A. Heckman Fellow at the Hazelden Foundation she explored the influence of philosopher/psychologist/physician William James on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Peg has given talks to treatment professionals domestically and abroad, and is the author of Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life (2008) and Oppression and Responsibility (2002), as well as coeditor of Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein with Naomi Scheman (2002) and Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance with Lisa Heldke (2004). A recovering alcoholic for more than 27 years and a philosophy professor for 19, philosophy helped the author get and stay sober. She lives in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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