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Shawn Welnak
  • Graduate Fellow 2009-2010


Shawn Welnak earned his B.A. in Philosophy (1997), his M.A. in Foreign Languages and Linguistics with an emphasis in Greek (2004), and his M.A. in Philosophy (2004) all at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He is currently working on his dissertation under Professor Ronna Burger in Tulane’s Department of Philosophy. He is examining Aristotle’s Poetics and its relationship to both philosophy and politics, particularly as “religiously” understood by the great medieval Islamic thinkers such as Alfarabi and Averroës.

Mr. Welnak is the author of “Priority, Nature, and Political Animals in Aristotle’s Politics,” in Cygnifiliana: Essays in Classics, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy Presented to Professor Roy Arthur Swanson on the Occasion of his Seventy-Fifth Birthday (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005).

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