Past SES president conferred "Maxima Cum Laude" by USC

Christopher Ryan Maboloc, past president of the Social Ethics Society, has been conferred the rare distinction of "Maxima Cum Laude" by the University of San Carlos for his doctorate degree in philosophy during graduation rites held last April 10, 2017 in Cebu City.

The award is the highest in the graduate school of USC and the first that has been given. Based on the criteria, the award is conferred on a graduate with a GPA of not less than 1.07, comprehensive exam average scores of not less than 95%, publication in an indexed international journal during the course of the study, and presentation of the dissertation research in an international conference.

Maboloc's dissertation was a critique of the Rawlsian idea of impartiality using Iris Marion Young's politics of difference and Martha Nussbaum's capability ethics. In his research, he developed was is called the "systems model" in understanding cognitive disability, autism in particular. Nussbaum herself offered her help to the researcher by suggesting important texts. Maboloc was advised by Dr. Charito Pizarro (PhD, University of Heidelberg), who is doing her own advanced studies on the relationship between music and genius.

Maboloc acknowledged the generous scholarship granted by Ateneo de Davao University through its Faculty Development Office. He also mentioned the support of Social Ethics Society in providing a reflective atmosphere and a venue for philosophical dialogue among young philosophy teachers and seasoned academicians in the Visayas and Mindanao area, recognizing the efforts of Fr. Dexter Veloso, Peter Paul Elicor, and Fr. Urbano Pardillo, Jr.

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