Mariana is a Ph.D. candidate currently writing her dissertation on Plato’s Laws. According to her interpretation, in this late dialogue Plato presents a particular account of education and character development that highlights fragility and change. This feature, Mariana argues, reflects the metaphysical limitations of our world, that is, the fact that we are immersed in an ever-changing sphere where stability is an unattainable ideal.
During her years as a teaching assistant at Columbia, Mariana taught Elementary Latin I, Elementary Latin II, Methods & Problems (Intro to Philosophy), Pre-Socratics through Augustine (Intro to Ancient Philosophy), Ethics, and Hellenistic Philosophy. In Spring 2018, Mariana received Columbia’s prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student.
Mariana received her “Licenciatura” in Philosophy (with honors) from the University of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. One of her main interests at that point was the perplexing relationship between art, its emotional affect on spectators, and the actions carried out by them once they have been mobilized by the power of artwork. The analysis of this philosophical problem in Plato’s Republic was the topic of Mariana’s undergraduate thesis (available in Spanish upon request).
Mariana’s secondary interests lie on current theories of emotion and neuroethics. In 2013 her essay “El contenido de los espejos o los espejos sin contenido” (The content of mirrors or the mirrors without content) won an award and was published in the book Filosofía Sub 40: Ensayos sobre la Democracia Contemporánea (2016). In her essay she examines how discoveries involving mirror neurons pose a problem to Philosophy. Email Mariana Beatriz Noé.