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December 6, 2022 55 min

Peg O’Connor, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Her training is in moral philosophy, feminist philosophy, addiction studies, and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. She believes that philosophy helped her to get and remain sober. Avoiding Alcoholics Anonymous for the first 20 years of her sobriety because of the concept of a “higher power,” she is focused on using some of the great canonical thinkers in western philosophy to illuminate dimensions of addiction. She further shares this in her new book, "Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering" (Wildhouse Publications, 2022). Peg is also the author of "Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery" (Central Recovery Press, 2016), "Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life: Feminist" Wittgensteinian Metaethics (Penn State, 2008), and "Oppression and Responsibility: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Social Practices and Moral Theory" (Penn State, 2002). She writes a column, Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken, for Psychology Today, which has more than two million total views online. Peg is also a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo. She's like Buddy in the movie, "Elf." 

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