Faculty Biography - Mohamed Mehdi

Faculty Biography - Mohamed Mehdi

Mohamed Mehdi

Mohamed Mehdi

Professor of Humanities and Philosophy

B.A. University of Toronto
Ph.D. McGill University in Montreal

847.376.7287
mmehdi@oakton.edu
Room 2616 Des Plaines

Personal Statement

Mohamed received his PhD from McGill University in 2008.  His doctoral dissertation is titled The Political Dimension of the Contemplative Life: Engagement and Disengagement in Plato, Seneca, and Gandhi.  His interests are in political philosophy, Ancient philosphy, and Modern Indian thought, and specifically in the ways in which the idea of political engagement has been historically understood, and how these conceptions relate to traditions of personal, spiritual or moral improvement, and traditions of withdrawal or quietism.

Mohamed regularly teaches Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, and World Religions. He has published articles on a range of subjects, including Gandhi's political philosophy, the role of emotion in politics, Muslim identity and politics, and challenges for the Humanities in higher education today. In the classroom, Mohamed is passionate about connecting ancient and modern philosophical texts with the personal, political, cultural and ethical concerns we face today. Since 2012, he has been the main organizer for Creating Justice, an annual celebration of arts and social justice movements that takes place every spring at Oakton. Mohamed has also worked with local publications as editor and contributor, including AREA Chicago. In 2016, Mohamed was a recipient of Oakton’s Living Diversity award. Since joining Oakton in 2008, Mohamed has maintained strong connections with other homes in Canada and in India, where he has twice been a visiting faculty for the Forum on Contemporary Theory.