This post is part of a series of interviews with our incoming class for the “Virtue & Happiness” 2016 Summer Seminar. Anne Baril is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico.
Valerie Wallace: Where are you from?
Anne Baril: Originally from Minnesota, I now live in New Mexico.
VW: Tell me about your research.
AB: I have research interests in ethics, epistemology, and their intersection. I am especially interested in exploring the role of the epistemic virtues in the good life. The development and exercise of traits like open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, intellectual charity, and intellectual generosity are important for living well- both for becoming good people, and for living good, satisfying lives. I argue this in my current central research project.
VW: What are you most looking forward to about this summer’s Virtue & Happiness seminar?
AB: Having recently started my first job, I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a student again. All of the sessions and topics sound fascinating, and certain to be helpful to me in my own research. And—I’ll admit—I’ve looked up the other students online, and they sound amazing! Can’t wait to meet them and discuss all things happy and virtuous.
VW: What are your non-academic interests?
AB: My daughter was born in February, and she is just getting to the age to enjoy storytime, sing-alongs, and walks in the woods with our dog, so right now those are my favorite activities! With going out for a drink or a coffee for a chat with a real-live adult a current second favorite.