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Rosa Slegers

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Arts & Humanities

Bio

Rosa Slegers teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced philosophy courses in the undergraduate program and organizes and leads discussions on business ethics in the MBA programs at Babson. Her undergraduate teaching focuses on philosophical ethics, existentialism, and philosophy & literature. Most of her classes are interdisciplinary in nature, integrating philosophical reflection with scientific developments (especially in primatology and personal robotics), literature, film, and pop culture. She also designs and teaches ethics sessions exploring issues in management, accounting, economics and marketing in Babson’s integrated Two Year, One Year, Fast Track, and Evening MBA programs. Her book Courageous Vulnerability (Brill, 2011) draws on the philosophies of William James, Henri Bergson, and Gabriel Marcel to frame a cluster of moral and aesthetic attitudes in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Other publications at the intersection of philosophy and literature focus on the themes of hope, evil, and the uncanny. She has also written on the integration of virtue ethics and sociobiology and is currently working on the moral philosophy of Adam Smith and its implications for business ethics education today. Professor Slegers received a PhD in Philosophy from Fordham University (2007), an MA in Philosophy (2002) and an MA in Literary Theory (2003) from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and an MBA from Babson College (2013). She worked for two years as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Centre College, KY, before coming to Babson in 2009.

Academic Interests

Ethics; 20th Century Continental Philosophy; Philosophy; Literature; Existentialism; Business Ethics

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence , Emerald

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • CVA 2007: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY (PHL)

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Slegers, R.M. (2014). Forebodings: From Uncanny to Evil. Janus Head
  • Slegers, R.M. (2010). Veronique Foti's Epochal Discordances. Hyperion: Journal of the Nietzsche Circle, 5(2)
  • Slegers, R.M. (2008). A Phenomenological Groundwork for Involuntary Memory: Henri Bergson's Aesthetics and Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu. International Studies in Philosophy, 39(1)

Books

  • Slegers, R.M. (2010). Courageous Vulnerability, Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology: leiden
  • Slegers, R.M. (2009). The Tragedy of Having a Lover: The Problematic crystallization of Odette and Albertine in A la recherche du temps perdu: University of Antwerp Press

Others

  • Slegers, R.M. (in press). James and Bergson: Fighting the Beast Intellectualism with Metaphors: Bloomsbury
  • Slegers, R.M. (in press). James and the Reinstatement of the Vague: Bloomsbury
  • Slegers, R.M. (2014). Monkey business: Edward Elgar Pub
  • Slegers, R.M. (2014). The dark side of entrepreneurship: Edward Elgar Pub

Presentations

  • Rethinking ‘Giving Voice to Values’ in business schools by reconsidering the ‘invisible hand’ metaphor
    Slegers, R., Painter Morland, M. Rethinking ‘Giving Voice to Values’ in business schools by reconsidering the ‘invisible hand’ metaphor International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference (IVBEC), NYC (2015)
  • Becky Sharp goes to Business School: Vanity Fair, Adam Smith, and the Attempt to Direct Vanity to Proper Objects
    Slegers, R. Becky Sharp goes to Business School: Vanity Fair, Adam Smith, and the Attempt to Direct Vanity to Proper Objects Philosophy of Management, Oxford, UK (2015)
  • Twilight of an Idol: The Male Entrepreneur-Adventurer and a Call for Hammers
    Slegers, R. Twilight of an Idol: The Male Entrepreneur-Adventurer and a Call for Hammers Philosophy of Management International Conference 2014, Depaul University, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Epistemic Responsibility in Business Education
    Slegers, R. Epistemic Responsibility in Business Education EBEN Annual Conference 2014, European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Germany (2014)
  • A Call for (Sexual) Diversity in Business Education
    Slegers, R. A Call for (Sexual) Diversity in Business Education INSEP2013 – The Value(s) of Sexual Diversity, Ghent University, Belgium (2013)
  • A Phenomenology of the White Male Adventurer and a Call for (Sexual) Diversity in Business Education
    Slegers, R. A Phenomenology of the White Male Adventurer and a Call for (Sexual) Diversity in Business Education The Value(s) of Sexual Diversity, International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics Conference, Ghent, Belgium (2013)
  • Ethics and Incentives: Utilitarian Approaches to a Nonprofit in India
    Slegers, R., Polutnik, L. Ethics and Incentives: Utilitarian Approaches to a Nonprofit in India Forum for Economists International Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013)
  • Monkey Business: Primatology and the MBA Experience
    Slegers, R. Monkey Business: Primatology and the MBA Experience Southern Humanities Conference , Savannah, GA (2013)
  • Vanity, Sympathy, and Impartiality: Adam Smith for Business Students
    Slegers, R. Vanity, Sympathy, and Impartiality: Adam Smith for Business Students The 8th Philosophy of Management International Conference 2012 , St Anne's College Oxford, UK (2012)
  • Uncomfortably Close: Primate Ethics and the Uncanny
    Slegers, R. Uncomfortably Close: Primate Ethics and the Uncanny 36th Annual IAPL conference, Tallinn, Estonia (2012)
  • The Virtue of Empathy in (non-) Human Animals
    Slegers, R. The Virtue of Empathy in (non-) Human Animals 1st Global Conference: Sins, Vices and Virtues, Prague, Czech Republic (2012)
  • Disturbing Familiarity: Organic and Robotic Bodies
    Slegers, R. Disturbing Familiarity: Organic and Robotic Bodies Southern Humanities Conference , Louisville, KY (2012)
  • The Ethics of Business Temperaments
    Slegers, R. The Ethics of Business Temperaments 18th Annual International Conference on Business Ethics, New York (2011)
  • Setting the Stage for a Virtue-based Approach to Business Ethics
    Slegers, R. Setting the Stage for a Virtue-based Approach to Business Ethics Leadership and management in a Changing World: Lessons from Ancient East and West Philosophy, Athens, Greece (2011)
  • Primate Empathy, Human Regret: A Virtue Ethics Approach to a few Moral Emotions
    Slegers, R. Primate Empathy, Human Regret: A Virtue Ethics Approach to a few Moral Emotions Moral Emotions and Intuitions, The Hague, Netherlands (2011)
  • Social Responsibility, Primates, and the Emotions
    Slegers, R. Social Responsibility, Primates, and the Emotions Symposium on Ethics and Social Responsibility, Lisbon, Portugal (2011)
  • Unsettling Banality: The Unheimlichkeit of Evil
    Slegers, R. Unsettling Banality: The Unheimlichkeit of Evil 12th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil, Prague, Czech Republic (2011)
  • Uncanny Ethics
    Slegers, R. Uncanny Ethics Cave hill International Philosophy Symposium, West Indies, Barbados (2010)
  • Cyborgs, Centaurs, and Sirens: Science Fiction and the Medieval Bestiary
    Slegers, R. Cyborgs, Centaurs, and Sirens: Science Fiction and the Medieval Bestiary International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2010)
  • Nausea As Frightening Familiarity: Satre and Freud
    Slegers, R. Nausea As Frightening Familiarity: Satre and Freud , Memphis, TN (2009)