Karolin received her MA and PhD from DePaul University.
Karolin’s research and teaching interests include aesthetics, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, early German romanticism, and Asian philosophy. She holds a certification in Women and Gender’s Studies and incorporates feminist texts into every course she teaches. She has designed and taught twenty-eight sections of seven different courses including Introduction to Philosophy, Business Ethics, Philosophy and Film, Introduction to Asian Philosophies,
and an upper level seminar on Aesthetics
Karolin’s research approaches the philosophy of art through the lens of humor, in particular, comedy and irony. In her dissertation, Humor and the Absolute: Comedy and Irony in the Philosophical Projects of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Schlegel
, she argues that comedy and irony are two forms of humor that provide fruitful entry points into the philosophical projects of Hegel and Schlegel and furthermore illuminate the reasons why Hegel and Schlegel’s views diverge so sharply from one another. Whereas for Hegel comedy plays an important transitional role in the path to knowledge of the Absolute, for Schlegel it is precisely irony that undercuts the possibility of arriving at the Absolute.
(Courses Designed and Taught):
• Introduction to Philosophy (7 sections)
• Business Ethics (10 sections)
• Philosophy and Film (10 sections)
• Love, Hatred, and Resentment (1 section)
• Aesthetics (1 section)
• Introduction to Asian Philosophies (1 section)
• Discover Chicago: Experi
encing Creativity and the Arts in the City (1 section)