Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

PORTRAITS Philosophy


MALANI DALE KOTCHA-ALANES Malani Dale Kotchka-Alanes, has her B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science & Spanish in 2008. Today she is an Associate Attorney with the firm, Lewis Roca Rothgerber. On LMU’s website, she says: “ professors and the art of philosophy itself have encour- aged me to think critically, reason logically, and question what I real- ly want out of life and if I am pur- suing the best path to obtain it... I am sure my philosophy training and Dr. Stone’s classes on symbol- ic logic helped me to ace the LSAT, get into Yale Law School, and, to this day, be able to identify the reasoning flaws in opposing coun - sel’s arguments...I know everyone says “there’s nothing you can do with it but teach” – but I really do think it prepares you and teaches wonderful thinking and reasoning skills, in addition to exposing you to new ideas and ways of think- ing.”


Nicknamed the “Zen Master” for his affinity for Eastern Phi - losophy, 13-time NBA Champi- on (11 as a coach), Phil Jackson earned his B.A. in Philosophy. "While most coaches focus on the physical aspects of the game, Jackson was interested in the mental ones. As he ex- plained in an interview: “We talked about mindfulness… As much as we pump iron and we run to build our strength up, we need to build our mental strength up so we can focus. We’ll get one point at attention so that we can be in concert with one another in times of need.”

Angela Davis is a prominent social activist and retired pro- fessor of Philosophy for the University of California. As a feminist, Black Panther, and communist, her philosophical stances have stirred up a great deal of controversy in her ca- reer. She studied Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, and French at Brandeis University, where she worked under Marxist Herbert Marcuse. Her prominent cam- paigns took a stand against rac- ism, social inequalities, sexism, and anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

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