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Michael Falgoust
  • Graduate Fellow 2010-2011


Holding bachelor’s degrees in both English and Philosophy(University of New Orleans, 2003), Michael Falgoust has an interest in creative media, and its place in our lives and society. After completing an MA in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (2006), he returned to New Orleans to begin PhD studies at Tulane. His dissertation, “Freeing the Culture, Freeing the Self: An Intellectual Property Rights Argument” supervised by Professor Bruce Brower, draws on the work of John Stuart Mill to argue for an approach to intellectual property defined by an emphasis on the audience as active participants in the social creation of meaning as well as critical self-reflection to develop their own individual characters. Mr. Falgoust’s other research interests include Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, and Buddhism.

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Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.