M.G. Piety came to Drexel in 1998 from Denmark where she had moved in 1990 after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to complete the work on her dissertation, and where she taught courses on Kierkegaard and the history of European philosophy for Denmark’s International Study Program, then a branch of the University of Copenhagen. Piety is an internationally recognized expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard. She is the author of Ways of Knowing: Kierkegaard’s Pluralist Epistemology (Baylor, 2010) and the translator of Søren Kierkegaard’s Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs (Oxford, 2009). Her other interests include ancient philosophy, ethics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of sport. Piety is the author of Sequins and Scandals: Reflections on Figure Skating, Culture, and the Philosophy of Sport (Gegensatz Press, 2014), and of numerous articles in both popular and scholarly journals, including the Dublin Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.
Piety is a passionate campaigner for social justice. Before going to graduate school, Piety worked as a canvasser for The Pennsylvania Public Interest Coalition, a citizen lobby group. Since going into teaching, she has been a frequent contributor to the online political journal Counterpunch. She considers her teaching to be part of her campaign for social justice in that she aims to develop in her students the critical and analytical skills they will need to defend their views against the attacks of those who would attempt to discredit them. Piety is also a proponent of the therapeutic value of philosophy. She is a certified philosophical counselor, and a member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association.
She maintains three blogs: The Life of the Mind, Flash Philosophy, and Piety on Kierkegaard. More information about Piety is available on her website: mgpiety.org.