NEPTUN Biography



JAIDEN CRUGER, Philosophy Enthusiast from Boulder




Major: Bioengineering

College/Employer: NEU

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Jaiden is a third year majoring in bioengineering and minoring in computer science. Despite her STEM focused classes, she sees the value the humanities can provide. She believes every person deserves strong speaking and reasoning skills. And, rather than see philosophy as just another ivory tower discipline, she believes in the power of philosophical thought to add meaning and reason to everyday life. Additionally, she serves as the treasurer on the SPLASH Norhteastern board.



Past Classes

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Philosophy of Anarchy in Splash Spring 2020
When you think of anarchy, what do you think of? Loud English punk music and V for Vendetta? In actuality, anarchism is a diverse political philosophy that has challenged the way we engage with one another since its invention. In this class, we will discuss central tenents of and challenges to anarchism. We will also explore sub-branches of anarchism including anarcho-socialism, anarcho-feminism, anarcho-primitivism, and, yes, anarcho-capitalism.


Warning: This Class May Cause an Existential Crisis in Splash Spring 2020
Nihilism. Existentialism. Absurdism. These three schools of thought tore to shreds what we thought we knew about ourselves and the world, then ushered in a new era of thought. Of course, these principles don’t just exist on the societal level. Questions about who we are and why life matters are fundamental to the human experience. Heck ⁠— you may have already experienced what you considered to be an existential crisis. Now is your chance to get the philosophical perspective on that experience! This class will discuss the work of Nietzsche, Sartre, and Camus among others. This class will be largely discussion based, so come prepared to share your thoughts and engage with others. TW: Brief of suicide


Philosophy of The Good Life in Splash Fall 2019
What defines a life well lived? How can you live your best life? Clearly, these questions have no definitive answers, but that’s what makes philosophy fun! Through philosophical discourse, you can deepen your outlook on friendship, love, careers, and way of life. Among others, we will study the work of Aristotle, Diogenes, and Nietzsche, focusing on how you can apply their work to your everyday life. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members


Philosophy of Anarchy in Splash Fall 2019
When you think of anarchy, what do you think of? Loud English punk music and V for Vendetta? In actuality, anarchism is a diverse political philosophy that has challenged the way we engage with one another since its invention. In this class, we will discuss central tenants of and challenges to anarchism. We will also explore sub-branches of anarchism including anarcho-socialism, anarcho-feminism, anarcho-primitivism, and, yes, anarcho-capitalism.


Philosophy of The Good Life in Splash Spring 19
What defines a life well lived? How can you live your best life? Clearly, these questions have no definitive answers, but that’s what makes philosophy fun! Through philosophical discourse, you can deepen your outlook on friendship, love, careers, and way of life. Among others, we will study the work of Aristotle, Diogenes, and Nietzsche, focusing on how you can apply their work to your everyday life. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


Philosophy of The Good Life in Waterfall Fall 18
What defines a life well lived? How can you live your best life? Clearly, these questions have no definitive answers, but that’s what makes philosophy fun! Through philosophical discourse, you can deepen your outlook on friendship, love, careers, and way of life. Among others, we will study the work of Aristotle, Diogenes, and Nietzsche, focusing on how you can apply their work to your everyday life. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Gender in Waterfall Fall 18
What is love? Who can consent to sex, and how? Is gender fixed, fluid, something else? These are just a sampling of the questions we will discuss in this course. Through studying various philosophical theories, we can deepen our understanding of love, sex, and gender, as well as how it affects the world around us. Among others, we will study the work of Plato, Nietzsche, and Foucault. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


How to Win an Argument in Splash Spring 2018
Do you want to convince your parents to let you go to that party on Friday? Bring your friend over to the other side of a political issue? Or just get a better grade on an upcoming class presentation? In this class, we will study both the construction and delivery of arguments, through both a classical and contemporary lense. We will apply what we’ve learned through in-class speeches.


Practical Philosophy in Splash Spring 2018
This course will discuss how YOU can apply philosophical theory for every day life. Life involves a ton of decisions, and philosophical frameworks help us make those decisions with better reasoning. Learn to navigate topics such as Being a Better Person, Ethics, Religion, and Sex. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


How to Win an Argument in Splash Waterfall 2017
Do you want to convince your parents to let you go to that party on Friday? Bring your friend over to the other side of a political issue? Or just get a better grade on an upcoming class presentation? In this class, we will study both the construction and delivery of arguments, through both a classical and contemporary lens. By the end of the class you'll be an expert in logical fallacies, the structure of arguments, and the psychology behind changing people's minds. We will apply what we’ve learned through in-class speeches and activities.






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