Faculty Profile

Patrick Standen, MA

Instructor of Philosophy

B.A. University of Vermont
M.A. Boston College

My interests in philosophy stem from a brilliant high school philosophy course I chanced to take. I subsequently pursued an undergraduate degree in analytical philosophy and a graduate degree in continental thought. I have also completed graduate studies in psychoanalysis and philosophy at Harvard University, the philosophy of education at the University of Vermont, comparative law at Harvard Law School and literature and politics at Boston University. I served as an editorial assistant on the scholarly journal Philosophy and Social Criticism. My research interests include examining the philosophical and historic dimensions of disability, as well as studying the history of ideas and aesthetics.

Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, is invited panelist for a roundtable discussion, “The Legacy of World War I: 100 Years After,” moderated by George Dameron, history professor and director of the Humanities Center, with colleagues from other disciplines, on Dec 2 on campus. Patrick also has been asked to become a partner in Fletcher Free Library's grant proposal to bring a Smithsonian Museum of Natural History exhibition entitled "Exploring Human Origins" to Fletcher. On October 15, he was the chair of a panel featuring visiting scholars and disability rights activists from Tajikistan for the Vermont Council on World Affairs held in the Pomerleau Alumni Building. On October 9, he was an invited speaker in the 2014 Hegenrother Foundation's Ignite Burlington Speaker Series. On October 7, Patrick was the guest lecturer in a UVM course on Adapting Physical Education and spoke on the philosophy of adaptive education. He also was a guest on VPR's Vermont Edition in September) talking about recent developments and opportunities in adaptive sports, and has submitted a poetry manuscript for publication.
(posted December 2014)

Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, on March 27 delivered a presentation at the Vermont Governor's Council on Sport and Physical Fitness's Worksite Wellness Conference called "Moving What Muscles You Can: The Philosophy of Adapting Exercise Programs for Persons with Physical Disabilities." Patrick also just has been asked to author a monthly column for a national magazine called The Disabled Sportsman.


Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, recently was appointed by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger to his Advisory Council on Accessibility and was elected co-chair of that council at its first meeting. Patrick also published a short piece on adaptive Nordic skiing for the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association newsletter and gave a presentation and clinic on Nordic sit-skiing at Middlebury's Rikert Nordic Center as part of the National Wintertrail's Day Celebration.


Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, on October 20 delivered a presentation, "MS and Adaptive Sports," at the Greater New England Regional MS Conference in Essex, VT.  On November 14 he will be part of a panel representing medical ethics examining quality in healthcare as part of a University of Vermont Department of Internal Medicine program.

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