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 (e.g. 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 Degrees

  • MBA, Babson College
  • Ph D, Fordham University
  • MA, University of Leuven
  • MA, University of Leuven

Academic Interests

Ethics; Philosophy; Literature; Existentialism; Phenomenology; Business Ethics; Philosophy of Management

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 — Change Maker Award, Babson College Lewis Center
  • 2015 — Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence , Emerald
  • 2015 — Women Who Make A Difference Award, Babson College Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership
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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Karst, N.J., Slegers, R.M. (2018). Cryptography in Context: Co-Teaching Philosophy and Mathematics. PRIMUS. link
  • Painter-Morland, M., Slegers, R.M. (2017). Rethinking ‘Giving Voice to Values’ in business schools by reconsidering the ‘invisible hand’ metaphor. Journal of Business Ethics. Springer.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2014). Forebodings: From Uncanny to Evil. Janus Head. Trivium Publications.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2010). Veronique Foti's Epochal Discordances. Hyperion: Journal of the Nietzsche Circle. Vol: 5, Issue: 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. Vol: 39, Issue: 1.

Books

  • Slegers, R.M. (2010). Courageous Vulnerability, Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology: 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: The Locus of Tragedy. University of Antwerp Press.

Book Chapters

  • Slegers, R.M. (2017). James and Bergson: Fighting the Beast Intellectualism with Metaphors: Understanding James, Understanding Modernism. Bloomsbury.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2015). A Critique of Business School Narratives and Protagonists with Help from Henri Bergson and Friedrich Nietzsche: Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations: The Contribution of Fiction to Organizational Ethics. Vol: 10, Page: 27-40. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. link
  • Karst, N.J., Slegers, R.M. (2015). I am not a statistic (even if everyone else is): a cross-disciplinary activity: Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom .
  • Slegers, R.M. (2013). A Pragmatist Approach to Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Regret: American Pragmatism and Organization: Issues and Controversies. Page: 191-204. Gower Publishing Company.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2013). A Virtue-Based Approach to Business Ethics: Insights from Aristotle and Sociobiology: Leadership through the Classics: Learning Management and Leadership from Ancient East and West Philosophy. Page: 33-50. Springer.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2013). Revaluating Vanity: Adam Smith as Moral Exemplar for Business Education: Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations: Moral Saints and Moral Exemplars. Vol: 10, Page: 27-40. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. link
  • Slegers, R.M. (2013). Unsettling Banality: The Unheimlichkeit of Evil: When Evil Met Magic: A Versatile Journey. Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Other

  • Slegers, R.M. (2017). James and the Reinstatement of the Vague: Understanding James, Understanding Modernism. Bloomsbury.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2014). Monkey business: Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Page: 152-158. Edward Elgar Pub.
  • Slegers, R.M. (2014). The dark side of entrepreneurship: Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Page: 303-307. Edward Elgar Pub.

Presentations

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