John Paul Alff

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FAE Instructor
Philosophical Underpinnings: How Should We Live?

Beleaguered by unseen pitfalls and confusing opportunities, we sometimes struggle to make practical decisions in our lives. Determining certain values can help determine what is best for each of us. What philosophical underpinnings should we each accept to guide our decision making? How much should we let our sense of duty guide our actions, and how much pleasure? What rights do we have to enjoy, and what do we need to obtain?

I have spent more time in Turkey than in the United States, and more time in Japan than in Turkey. Though far from an expert on anything, I find multicultural and multilingual environments fascinating and enjoy trying to understand cultural influences below the surface. Initially studying hotel management, I gravitated to my instinctual occupation of teaching 20 years ago. Currently, I enjoy riding my bicycle and watching my daughter grow.