Graduate Students

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Elias Allen  (BA, philosophy and economics, UCLA)

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Scott Blomgren  (B.A. Philosophy, UCLA) He has interests in philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, normativity, and artificial intelligence.

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Scott Casleton  (B.A., Yale University). Scott is writing a dissertation about freedom of speech on the internet. The focus is on social media platforms, search engines, and internet pornography. Scott also works on the history of philosophy, in particular the early modern period.

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Luna Cheng  (B.A. Philosophy, CUHK). Luna’s main interests are in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, especially consciousness, perception, and mental causation. She is also interested in feminism, phenomenology, and Buddhist philosophy.

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SJ Cowan  My interests are in thinkers like Kant, the German Romantics, and Wittgenstein, as well as in Critical Theory, and Feminist and Black thought. My dissertation—which draws heavily on Kant, Schiller, Nietzsche, and Adorno—is (tentatively) titled “The Play of Appearances: Aesthetic Semblance and the Reflective Conception of Art”.

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Katie Coyne  (B.A., Yale 2020, M. Phil, University of Cambridge, 2021). Katie is interested in metaphysics and ethics, with a historical focus. Philosophers she is particularly interested in include Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and Murdoch.

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Hannah DeBrine  (B.S., Mathematics and Philosophy, UW Madison). Hannah is interested in epistemic normativity, scientific values, and practical reasons for belief. She is also interested in philosophy for children.

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Will Dempsey  (B.A. Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis; M.A. Philosophy, Brandeis University); (Meta)metaphysics, philosophy of language, perception, history of philosophy.

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Micah Dubreuil  (B.A. Philosophy, Wesleyan University; M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University). Micah has many questions about the structure and sources of normativity—primarily in the areas of mind, action, and aesthetics.

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Matthew Duvalier  (B.A. Johns Hopkins) Matthew is a student in the Logic Group. He studies mathematical logic.

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James Evershed  (B.A., Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, University of Oxford, 2017; MPhil, Philosophy, University of St Andrews, 2020). I spend much of my time trying to use formal tools to tackle problems in areas of ethics including our duties to help those in need, the right to privacy, population ethics, axiology, animal ethics, equality, and desert.

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Virginia Foggo  (B.A. Philosophy, UCLA). Virginia is interested in political philosophy, normative ethics and social epistemology. At the moment, her primary interests lie at the intersection of democratic theory and feminist epistemology.

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Tyler Haddow  (B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2014).Tyler thinks mostly about topics that (are usually thought to) belong to moral psychology, the theory of practical reason, philosophy & literature, the history of existentialism, and Wittgenstein.

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Russell Helder  (M.A. with distinction, Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2019; B.A. Classics & B.S.A. Chemistry, UT Austin, 2016). His main area of research is ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle’s ethics and psychology. Russ is also interested in eighteenth-century moral philosophy, particularly Hume, Kant, and Adam Smith.

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Jes Heppler  (B.A., summa cum laude, SUNY Geneseo) Jes is writing a dissertation on gut feelings and their moral, epistemic, and social value. In general, Jes’ main interests are in embodiment and selfhood, social philosophy, moral psychology, and feminist epistemology.

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Anhui Huang  (B.A., Philosophy, Williams College) Anhui has interests in philosophy of language, epistemology, Kant, later Wittgenstein, Davidson and philosophy of film.

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Fanyi Jiang  (B.A. Philosophy, Peking University, 2024). Fanyi’s main interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and ethics. She also has interests in philosophy of psychiatry and moral psychology.

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Reid Kurashige  (B.A., Williams College) He is broadly interested in ethics (especially metaethics) and the history of philosophy (especially Kant).

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Elek Lane  (B.A., University of Chicago) Epistemology, language, empiricism, Kant. Language, acrostics, naming, existentialism.

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Urte Laukaityte  (B.A. Linguistics, University of Cambridge; M.Sc. Philosophy of Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh) Urte is working within philosophy of psychiatry, although she is also readily excitable about issues in philosophies of mind, psychology, cognitive science, biology as well as the history and philosophy of medicine generally.

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Madeleine Levac  (B.A. Hons. with high distinction, University of Toronto). Madeleine’s main interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of language and mind.

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Amanda Lopatin  (B.A., Philosophy, Linguistics, Rice University, 2022). Amanda is currently interested in ethics and moral philosophy.

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Jennifer Marsh  (B.A., M.A., University of Pennsylvania) Jennifer is interested in early modern philosophy, particularly Kant’s theoretical philosophy. She is writing her dissertation on the role of concepts in perception for Kant.

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Susanna McGrew  (B.A. Philosophy and Economics, Swarthmore College). Her main interests are in ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law.

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Russell McIntosh  (B.S. in Mathematics with Highest Distinction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Russ is interested in ethics, especially animal ethics, and metaethics.

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Kaden McMillan  (B.A., University of Notre Dame). Kaden’s main interests are in philosophical logic, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of race. He also has interests in the philosophy of math, the philosophy of science, and the history of non-Western philosophical traditions.

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Teague Morris  Teague Morris (B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Honors in Philosophy, Williams College). Teague is interested primarily in the philosophy of mind and epistemology, with particular interests in phenomenology, pragmatism, relativism and skepticism.

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Milan Mossé  (B.A.H. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics, M.S. Computer Science; Stanford) I’m mainly interested in ethics and political philosophy, but also have interests in logic and philosophy of language. If you’re considering grad school in philosophy and would like to talk to someone in the program, please don’t hesitate to send me an email!

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Christian Nakazawa  (A.B., Dartmouth College) Christian is writing a dissertation on discrimination, with special focus on algorithmic fairness. More generally, his interests include moral and political philosophy, philosophy of law, and moral psychology.

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Adrian Ommundsen  (BA Philosophy, BSc Mathematics, University of Oslo; MA Logic and Philosophy of Science, LMU Munich) My main interests are in philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and formal epistemology. Some of my more specific research interests are conditionals, questions, varieties of dependence, and causal reasoning.

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Patrick Pan  (A.B. Computer Science, Harvard; M.M. Piano Performance, New England Conservatory; B.A. Philosophy, Cambridge). Patrick is primarily interested in ethics—recent focuses include normative reasons, reactive attitudes, and epistemic injustice—with a strong secondary interest in aesthetics. He is also especially interested in philosophical questions concerning digital technology across all subfields of philosophy.

Luca Passi  (B.A., Pavia; MPhil, Cambridge)

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William Phillips  (M.A. Brandeis) I study issues in metaphysics and the history of modern philosophy, especially concerning the philosophy of space and time. I have other interests in the history and philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind. My dissertation critically explores Spinozistic accounts of metaontology, metaepistemology, thought, and extension.

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Patrick Ryan  (Harvard, 2015) Currently, I am working on topics in the philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of science. I also have serious secondary interests in Kant, ancient philosophy, and normative ethics.

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Pia Schneider  (B.A., German Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 2013; M.A., Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 2016). Pia is writing her dissertation on Kant’s conception of space as the form of sensibility. Some of her other interests are in visual art, new media, and feminism.

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Edward Schwartz  (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2017.) I’m interested in philosophy of language and ethics.

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Coleman Solis  (B.A. Philosophy, Pomona College, 2019; Bioethics Fellow, NIH, 2021). I’m mostly interested in ethics, especially in questions about how one might live a meaningful, moral life, and a few topics in bioethics.

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Jonathan Tanaka  (B.A. Philosophy and Mathematics, Columbia University, 2023). His working interests include the philosophy, foundations, and history of mathematics and computer science, philosophical logic, metametaphysics, metaphilosophy, analytic metaphysics, and and the intersection of mind, metasemantics, and language. However, he tries to be interested in “everything” (in the broadest possible sense of the term).

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Warren Thimothe  (B.A. cum laude in Philosophy, Amherst College, 2018) His main interests are in political philosophy, philosophy of language, and the history of analytic philosophy.

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Sarah Vernallis  (B.A.H., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2019). Her dissertation is on empathy, imagination, and art. Her work interacts with epistemology, philosophy of language, and feminist philosophy.

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Daniel Villalon  (B.A., philosophy and mathematics, Northwestern University, 2017). I am working on topics in the philosophy of logic and language with a focus on proof-theoretic semantics. I also have strong interests in the metaphysics of truth and the history of analytic philosophy.

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Aglaia von Götz  (B.A. Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Zurich; BPhil, University of Oxford) Aglaia’s primary interests are metaphysics and philosophy of language.

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Alina Wang  (B.A., Philosophy & Psychology, Smith College, 2019). Philosophy of mind and theoretical psychology. Perception, action, and emotion.

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Megan Wu  (B.A. Highest Honors Philosophy and Mathematics, Swarthmore College, 2023). She is interested in ethics and moral psychology, both in contemporary and Ancient Greek traditions. Current topics of special interest include akrasia, friendship, and anger.