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April Olsen

April Olsen

Ph.D. Student
Newcomb 107


M.A. St. John's College (2012)
B.A. University of Notre Dame (2000)


Academic Interests:

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Nietzsche
  • Eastern Philosophy


  • “The Passions of the Soul in Aristotle’s Rhetoric,” Tradition and Renewal: Continuity and Change in Core and Liberal Arts Programs, ed., Tuan Hoang (ACTC Publications, forthcoming)

Selected Presentations:

  • “A Defense of Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric III.13-19” (Summer Lecture Series, St. John's College, SF, June 2019)
  • “Platonic Metaphors in Aristotle’s Rhetoric” (American Philosophical Association, Central Division, February 2019)
  • “How Generosity Cures Anger in Descartes’ The Passions of the Soul” (Weatherhead Hall Honors Roundtable, March 2018)
  • “Socratic Paradigms in Aristotle’s Rhetoric” (American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, January 2018)
  • “From Anger to Emulation” (Marquette Conference on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, June 2017)
  • “The Movement of Pity, Indignation, and Envy in Aristotle’s Rhetoric” (Association for Core Texts and Courses, April 2016)
  • “Nagarjuna's Imperishable Promissory Note” (Summer Lecture Series, St. John's College, SF, June 2014)