Susan Babbitt

Susan E. Babbitt is associate professor in the Philosophy Department at Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario, Canada. She received a PhD at Cornell University with a dissertation on rationality. As university professor, she specialized in feminism, moral psychology, epistemology and the philosophy of science.

Starting in 1993, she spent large accounts of time in Cuba, eventually organizing a popular for-credit Philosophy course at the University of Havana. She received several grants for research projects related to Cuba in the 90s and early 2000s.

Researching Latin America, she became increasingly interested in and concerned about the dogmatic, even bigoted nature of academic philosophy in North America: It is often taught as though three entire continents have no philosophical traditions worth teaching. When courses on African, Latin American or Asian philosophy are offered (rarely), they receive little importance.

Dr. Babbitt has authored four books and co-edited one, along with numerous articles. She is currently working on Freedom and Death: Philosophical Reflections on Dhamma (Cause and Effect), bringing together two areas of research: early or Theravada Buddhism and (Cuban philosopher) José Martí. She writes regularly for the news web sites, Counterpunch and Global Research.

Book Reviews by Susan Babbitt

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Two points stand out about this short book. First and foremost is the Dalai Lama himself. The book’s message pales beside the author himself. He laughs.