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Further education: BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford

Favorite courses at Berkeley: Modal Logic and Philosophy of Language.

Favorite professors: John MacFarlane, Wesley Holliday, Seth Yalcin, and Timothy Crockett.

How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? John Campbell once said that philosophy is thinking in slow motion. Learning how to think in slow motion helped me see the force of certain arguments, see subtle errors in them, and make clear distinctions. These skills are tremendously beneficial; they made me more charitable, able to decipher what a person is arguing or asserting, and thereby made my own views more robust and thoughtful.

Any current engagement with philosophy? I pursued a master's degree in philosophy.

Further education: I moved to University of Notre Dame to further studying logic and philosophy of science.

Favorite professors: John MacFarlane, Paolo Mancosu, Wes Holliday, Hannah Ginsborg, Michael Nylan


Favorite courses at Berkeley: Game Theory, Ethical Theories, Later Wittgenstein, Political Philosophy, Foucault

Favorite professors: Barry Stroud, R. Jay Wallace, Niko Kolodny, Veronique Munoz-Darde, Lara Buchak, Hannah Ginsborg, Hans Sluga

How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Studying and teaching philosophy helped train me to construct and evaluate arguments carefully, and to communicate clearly and concisely. I have found these skills to be extremely useful in writing and public speaking outside of academia.


Further education: I got my B.A. at Cal, and I liked it so much that I stayed to get a Ph.D.

Favorite courses at Berkeley: In no particular order: Intro to Early Modern, Heidegger, Hume, Theory of Knowledge, Ethical Theories

Favorite professors: In no particular order: Barry Stroud, Hubert Dreyfus, R. Jay Wallace, John MacFarlane, Wesley Holliday

How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? I am currently working in academic philosophy, right now as a postdoc at NYU. My philosophical training has certainly influenced my non-professional life, too, but in ways that are harder to articulate. My little brother says that it has made arguing with me much more annoying.




Further education: I want more; keep getting distracted by adventures and ponies.

Favorite courses at Berkeley: too many

Favorite professors: too many

How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? Oh, philosophy changed everything. I went from being valued solely for my physical labor to realizing I was capable of sound thinking that was worthy of being communicated.

Any current engagement with philosophy? Informally, lots of reading and listening to zoom lectures.


Favorite professors: Hannah Ginsborg, Sam Scheffler, Barry Stroud, Jay Wallace, and Daniel Warren