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Daniel Aram Hampikian Completes Dissertation at the University of Miami

Daniel Aram Hampikian Completes Dissertation at the University of Miami | Daniel Aram Hampikian | Scoop.it

Daniel Aram Hampikian graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy in May of 2013. His dissertation requirement focused on moral emotions in animals.

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Philosophy is generally an area of study parents do not encourage their children to go into. Most parents consider “good” fields of study to be business, economics, law, or any field of study their child can make a solid career out of. Daniel Aram Hampikian cared less about making millions as a businessman and more about the intellectual things of life. He always saw himself as a philosopher and long considered philosophers to be wise and more compassionate than their get-rich-quick counterparts.

“I first studied philosophy at Georgia State University. I was intrigued as I went to my first couple philosophy classes with the idea that being virtuous and being happy might be one and the same: that happiness might essentially just involve being a moral person,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian. The idea of morality would follow him from his undergraduate degree to the completion of his Ph.D.

After Daniel Aram Hampikian was accepted to the University of Miami for his master’s degree, he was delighted to have the opportunity to learn and study with Mark Rowlands and Michael Slote. Both men had an impact on Daniel Aram Hampikian’s studies and both sat on his dissertation committee, before Daniel Aram Hampikian graduated.Like many graduate students, Daniel Aram Hampikian was nervous about writing his

dissertation. “There was a lot to write about even though the dissertation was focused and had been accepted. Being so focused meant I was spending hours writing and reading. Fortunately, my family understood and supported me,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian.

Inspired about the notion of empathy by Michael Slote and whether animals share a notion of morality with humans by Mark Rowlands, Daniel Aram Hampikian managed to incorporate both into his 2013 dissertation. Daniel Aram Hampikian’s dissertation, “Moral Emotions in Nonhuman Animals,” was defended and approved. Daniel Aram Hampikian’s dissertation was to further the debate of whether animals have morals, and it was his position that yes, some animals do have moral emotions and care about the psychological welfare of others. Daniel Aram Hampikian stated that moral emotions seemed to have evolved to a degree in all mammal species and therefore mammals can be act morally.

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Daniel Aram Hampikian Graduates from University of Miam

Daniel Aram Hampikian Graduates from University of Miam | Daniel Aram Hampikian | Scoop.it

Daniel Aram Hampikian graduated a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Miami in the spring of 2013. As a student, Daniel Aram Hampikian performed well in school and earned scholarships.

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Education is important and can take years to complete, depending on the level of education you hope to achieve. Recent Ph.D. Daniel Aram Hampikian understands the hard work and determination of an academically driven individual. Without taking any years off, he continuously pursued his studies until he earned the highest and most prestigious degree.

“I spent many hours on my coursework. The time I was by myself could sometimes be hard on my family, but they understood what I was doing and why I was doing it,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian. Now, he has a PhD that represents all his years of hard work.

As a student, Daniel Aram Hampikian worked hard to excel academically. “I saw my studies as my career. You get rewarded for the effort you put into it,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian. For increasingly more young professionals, the knowledge of a high achieving education is important. Daniel Aram Hampikian set himself apart early in his studies as an undergraduate student.

In a time where many young adults are celebrating their freedoms, Daniel Aram Hampikian was hard at work. As a student, Daniel Aram Hampikian was assisted financially with the Hope Scholarship from 2002 to 2006. In 2005, he was awarded Georgia State University’s Faculty Scholarship Award. In 2006, Daniel Aram Hampikian was awarded both the Honors Thesis Competition Award and the Georgia State University Dean’s Key Award.

“I worked hard, I studied hard, but it was easy because I enjoyed my field of study. When I graduated from Georgia State University, I graduated with honors (summa cum laude),” says Daniel Aram Hampikian. He moved on from his focus on Confucius and Aristotle at Georgia State University because of what he considered to be the “limitations of historically oriented philosophy.” Historically oriented philosophy was too interpretive and not innovative enough. So he turned to the University of Miami to complete his other degrees.

Daniel Aram Hampikian completed both his master’s in philosophy and then his Ph.D. from the University of Miami. As a student, he wrote and presented papers regarding various topics, and in 2011 he presented “Animal Emotions” at the Cognition Conference in Montreal.

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2013 Ph.D. Graduate Daniel Aram Hampikian Pushes Morality

2013 Ph.D. Graduate Daniel Aram Hampikian Pushes Morality | Daniel Aram Hampikian | Scoop.it

Daniel Aram Hampikian has spent years studying ideas of morality, emotion, and empathy. He applied those notions to animals as a graduate student looking to complete his Ph.D.

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Daniel Aram Hampikian was drawn to philosophy as a field of study after learning about the famous Greek and Chinese philosophers recorded in history. Absorbing their moral lessons, Daniel Aram Hampikian was inspired to study philosophy for himself after reading about Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, and Lao Tzu. As a student, he went into his first classes believing that happiness was found in virtue, and that people who lead moral lives would be happier than those who did not.

Daniel Aram Hampikian soon found there was a lot more to philosophy than he first imagined. As an undergraduate student, he attended Georgia State University. “It was a good school and it inspired to study philosophy of mind and ethics at the University of Miami,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian. Daniel Aram Hampikian had earned scholarships as a student and graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.

Daniel Aram Hampikian turned to the University of Miami for a wider breadth of courses. As a graduate student, he met two notable philosophers: Mark Rowlands and Michael Slote. “It was Michael Slote who first drew my attention to empathy. I began to write on this very new realm of psychological inquiry and its relation to ancient eastern ethical systems like that of Mencius, a disciple of Confucius,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian.

In the fall of 2008, at the University of Miami’s Mind and Ethics Workshop, Daniel Aram Hampikian presented his paper entitled “Confucianism, Empathy, and Care Ethics.” It was a direct link to the influence Dr. Michael Slote had on him. In 2009, Daniel Aram Hampikian presented another paper entitled “Emotions,” at the Graduate Student Colloquium.

Mark Rowlands had a profound impact on my education. When I met Dr. Rowlands, he was working on animal rights and embodied cognition. I started to work with him on the nature of human morality and the possibility that animals and humans shared many aspects of morality,” says Daniel Aram Hampikian.

This would branch out to become his thesis. In the early part of 2013, Daniel Aram Hampikian presented and defended his dissertation, “Moral Emotions in Nonhuman Animals.” Both Dr. Slote and Dr. Rowlands served on his dissertation committee. By May of 2013, Daniel Aram Hampikian successfully graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Miami.

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