photo of Laura Howard


"Why philosophy?"

This is the question I am asked most often about my career choice. I guess it's because philosophy is about life, from any perspective you would like to study it. I've always been intrigued by medicine and science, music and art, nature and sport.

So, my biggest problem in life is to squeeze it all in. I suppose I've done alright with that. In my younger years I was a lifeguard, a competitive water ski jumper, a singer in a rock-n-roll band and a bartender. Then I started a family, a construction business, and finally returned to college to work on a Ph.D. in philosophy. Perhaps all this means is that I'm not really an expert at any one thing. But at least I will have lived a life.

Currently, I'm expanding my scholarship to include more bioethics topics plus aging and social justice. (I am becoming an expert at aging, come to think of it.) I'm also learning how to be a grandma. (Which, by the way, is much easier than being a mother but no less full of worry.) My husband and I built a cabin in Idaho where we go to get out of the Arizona heat in the summer and watch bears destroy our hummingbird feeders. (And by 'built a cabin,' I mean just the two of us, over 7 summers.) And I've recently purchased the guitar I've always wanted since my rock days in the 70's--a Fender American Professional Stratocaster. I'm no Jimi Hendrix, but I'm just as loud. (As is my motorcycle.)

Laura with grandchild Laura playing guitar Laura on motorcycle
Laura hammering Laura and husband by cabin Laura and husband in snow
Laura and husband kayaking Laura on four wheeler mama bear and cub