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Student Research Fellowship

Kyle Ferguson

Kyle Ferguson '07

Normal, Illinois
Philosophy and Psychology
Donald Anderson Fellow

Intersections of John Updike and Soren Kierkegaard
Mentor: Dr. David Crowe, English

Dr. David Crowe, professor of English and an Updike scholar, needed a student with interests in the 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard to help him with a research project he was working on as a member of the Academy of Lutheran Scholars. Kyle Ferguson was that student.

"Dr. Crowe and I would read Kierkegaard's work separately, and then meet two or three times a week to discuss it. In this kind of reseach there is a lot of clarification coming from both sides. Someone can throw out an idea and the other person can say, "On, I don't know - what if we think about it this way?" Then we consider the new idea and try to bring the two positions together. Now Dr. Crowe and I are going to co-author a paper on Kierkegaard and Updike and submit it to journals, and then I'm going to write my own - about this question I have on the concept of change.

One thing I've learned this summer is that there will always be doubt about what you want to do. But through this research-vocation fellowship, what I've come to realize about philosophy is that there's really no limit to what you can do."

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