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Philosopher and Entrepreneur Damon Horowitz to headline APA Philosophy Beyond Academia event

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Philosopher and entrepreneur Damon Horowitz to headline APA Philosophy Beyond Academia event

Damon HorowitzNEWARK, Del. — Dec. 10, 2018 — From January 7 through January 10, more than 1,000 philosophers will gather in New York City for the 2019 APA Eastern Division meeting. Most philosophers work at universities and colleges, but not all of the philosophers who attend the meeting will be academics. This year, the APA will hold a special event, A Conversation with Professor Damon Horowitz, Philosopher and Entrepreneur, on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel in New York City.

The event is the second in the series following the launch of the APA’s Philosophers Beyond Academia Network earlier this year, which was created to help philosophers working outside academia stay connected to scholarly societies and vice versa. The Philosophers Beyond Academia Network is open to anyone with a degree in philosophy (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate) whose primary profession is not as an academic, as well as those studying or working in philosophy who are interested in exploring non-academic opportunities. Those with philosophy backgrounds who are working in alternative-academic careers, such as university administration or academic publishing, as well as those whose careers are in business, journalism, the arts, nonprofits, government, and other sectors, are welcome to participate.

Horowitz, who earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University, is a philosophy professor and serial entrepreneur, working at the intersection of technology and the humanities. He recently served as Consulting Philosopher at AltSchool, a B-corp focused on using technology to bring personalized progressive education to a broader population. Previously, he was In-House Philosopher/Director of Engineering at Google, leading a company-wide personalization initiative with a focus on data privacy issues. Prior to that, he built several startups based on his natural language processing research, including Aardvark (acquired by Google), Perspecta (acquired by Excite), Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and NewsDB (Daylife).

He has taught courses in philosophy, AI, and cognitive science at Columbia, NYU, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin State Prison. In addition to advisory work in industry, he has served on the Board of several arts and humanities non-profits, including CalHumanities. He is a popular public speaker at venues ranging from TED to AAAI to O'Reilly conferences, and his work has been featured in media ranging from the New York Times to the Chronicle of Higher Education to NPR to TechCrunch.

More information about the event is available on the APA website.

About the APA

Founded in 1900, the American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.


Amy Ferrer
APA Executive Director


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