Who is Ben Chan, assistant professor of philosophy at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin?
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a philosopher is doing well on a game show in which the answers are questions. Still, it is unusual—typically, when philosophers are on “Jeopardy!” it’s in a different way.
Professor Chan has prevailed six games in a row, winning $182,000 so far, according to The Green Bay Gazette, and has qualified to return to the show later in the year for its “Tournament of Champions”.
In a profile published in The Gazette last month, Professor Chan said:
My goal going in was to be super prepared and then to play with joy. I figured I would have no regrets if I did those two things. I enjoyed the preparation a lot. I learned a lot of things I should have known years ago, and I discovered some new study tools that I think I can pass on to my students.
Professor Chan’s research interests are mainly in biomedical ethics. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
You can follow Professor Chan on Twitter here.
(via David Friedell)