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Faculty Biography - Mohamed Mehdi

Faculty Biography - Mohamed Mehdi

Mohamed Mehdi

Mohamed Mehdi

Assistant 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, Muslim identity and politics, the role of emotion in politics, and challenges for the Humanities in higher education 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. He serves as an advisor and editor with AREA Chicago, a community publication on Arts, Research, Education and Activism. Mohamed's interest in philosophy probably originated with his maternal grandfather, who was a Professor of Philosophy in Hyderabad. Since then, his philosophical interests have taken many unexpected twists and turns, in combination with his interests in music, politics, art, religion, literature and cooking. Mohamed has lived in Chicago since 2008, but still maintains strong connections with other homes in Canada and India.

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.

 

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