The Dennes Room

Graduate Students


Greyson Abid  (B.A., Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2014) Greyson is primarily interested in philosophy of mind and foundational issues in cognitive science.

Randall Amano  (A.B., Harvard University) He is writing a dissertation on the role of normativity in Kant’s account of our cognitive capacities. His advisors are Hannah Ginsborg and Daniel Warren. He has interests in many areas of philosophy including the history of modern philosophy, epistemology, self-knowledge, normativity, and perception.


Michael Arsenault  (B.A. Hons. with high distinction, University of Toronto, 2011) I’m interested in contemporary philosophy of mind, especially perception; Aristotle, and Wittgenstein.

Mathias Boehm  (M.A. Philosophy, HU Berlin) For the most part, I like to think about philosophy of language but I also like to think about topics in metaphysics and I would like to think more about non classical logics and epistemology.

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Isabella Carlsson  (B.Sc., Northeastern University) Her main interests are in formal epistemology, logic, decision theory, game theory, and philosophy of science.

Scott Casleton  (B.A., Yale University). Scott enjoys reading all kinds of history: philosophy, art, religion, law, and politics. He has a soft spot for narrative, whether in fiction or biography. Recently he’s been thinking about the relationship between philosophy and social issues.

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Monika Chao  (B.A. University of North Carolina, Asheville, M.A. San Francisco State University) Monika is mainly interested in philosophy of language and its intersections with philosophy of science and metaphysics.

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. I like questions about aesthetics, art, methodology, forms of pessimism, the nature of thought, and perceptual experience.

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Sophia Dandelet  (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2013). Her main interests are in epistemology and ethics. She is currently thinking about trust and faith as forms of epistemic partiality; patterns of explanation that cite normative facts as reason to believe descriptive facts; and the difference between problematic and benign second-guessing.

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Caitlin Dolan  (B.A., summa cum laude, NYU, 2009) Caitlin works primarily on the philosophy perception, mostly by asking questions about its epistemology and its aesthetic nature. She is interested in contemporary debates on these topics, as well as their roots in the early Modern and early analytic traditions. Her dissertation explores the sense in which depiction is a distinctively visual form of representation.

Ravit Dotan  (B.Sc., Physics and Chemistry & M.A. Philosophy, cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) I mainly work in epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of machine learning. My secondary areas of interest are feminist and social philosophy.


Omar Fakhri  (B.A., Biola University) Some of his main interests are in epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of religion. He is currently writing a dissertation on how to stand your ground in the face of moral disagreement.

Nick French  (B.A., summa cum laude with High Honors in Philosophy, NYU 2012). Nick is primarily interested in ethics. He is currently writing a dissertation on our moral obligations to other people and the moral significance of the reasons for which people act. He hopes that his dissertation will deepen our understanding of contractualist accounts of morality.

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Nicholas Gooding  (B.A., Philosophy, McGill University, 2009). Nick works primarily on ancient Greek philosophy, focusing on Aristotle’s ethics and political philosophy. He is also interested in the social contract tradition (both its early modern roots and its more recent revival); in Kant’s theoretical philosophy; in Nietzsche; and in the later Wittgenstein.

Tyler Haddow  (B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2014) Tyler is interested in what a good life is and what it takes to live one.Here are some more specific and hopefully more tractable topics he has been thinking about recently: moral luck, integrity, trust, social practices/rituals, habits, attention, moods, practical necessity (“I must!”), and expertise.Currently (Fall ‘18), Tyler is the GSI for Prof. Warren’s Methods course.Tyler’s current and former students should always feel welcome to email him for course or reading suggestions!

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Russell Helder  (M.A. with distinction, Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2019; B.A. Classics & B.S. 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.

Jes Heppler  (B.A., summa cum laude, SUNY Geneseo) Jes is currently interested in epistemology, feminist philosophy, moral psychology, and political philosophy. She has most recently been thinking about concepts, aesthetics, and emotions.

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Luke Jensen  (B.A., cum laude, Philosophy, Haverford College, 2016) Luke is mainly interested in philosophy of mind and perceptual experience. He has secondary interests in metaethics, philosophy of science, and aesthetics.

Joseph Kassman-Tod  (M.A., Music, University College London, 2012; B.A. & M.A., Philosophy, University College London, 2013)

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Jackson Kernion  (A.B., cum laude, Philosophy, Harvard, 2012) Jackson is primarily interested in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of science. He’s currently writing a dissertation on the concept of conscious experience, arguing for a certain kind of a priori functional constraint on experience. When not philosophizing, he likes to go hiking and keep up a coding hobby.

Alex Kerr  (B.A. with highest honors, Oberlin College, 2010) Alex’s main interests are in the philosophy of perception.

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Dan Khokhar  (B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics, J.D., Indiana University; M.A. Bioethics, NYU).Dan is a sixth year student interested primarily in moral and political philosophy. His dissertation focuses on a variety of topics concerning our abilities to change the moral status of actions through our choices (e.g. through promising, requesting, and commanding).

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 most readily excitable about issues in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, psychology and philosophy of science. Her more niche interest is psychiatry.

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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Jennifer Marsh  (B.A., University of Pennsylvania) Jennifer is mainly interested in epistemology and philosophy of mind. She is also interested in the history of modern philosophy, particularly the epistemologies of Hegel and Kant.

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

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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 relativism and skepticism.

Christian Nakazawa  (A.B., Dartmouth College) Christian’s primary interests are in philosophy of language, mind, and philosophy of law. He’s also interested in philosophy of race and in perception and aesthetics.

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Sven Neth  (B.A., Freie Universität Berlin, 2016). Hi, I’m interested in philosophy. These days, I mostly like to think about epistemology, decision theory, language and logic. Anything related to Goodman’s “New Riddle”: I’m probably into it.

Adam Paris  (B.A., New York University). Adam is primarily interested in epistemology and the history of philosophy (early modern and German Idealism). He is currently working on external world skepticism and topics in Kant.

Emily Perry  (B.A. McGill Univeristy) Emily is chiefly interested in ancient Greek philosophy.

William Phillips  (B.A., Middle Tennessee State University; MA, Brandeis University)

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Kirsten Pickering  (B.A., Arizona State University, 2009) Kirsten is writing a dissertation on the objectivity of ethics and its implications for ethical justification and knowledge. She also has interests in the history of ethics and meta-ethics, moral psychology, and political and legal philosophy.

Emily Podhorcer  (B.A., Rutgers University). Emily is primarily interested in epistemology, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. Recently she has been thinking about the philosophy of humor.


Daniel Proske  (B.S., University of Texas, 2014). My main interests lie in logic and the philosopy of language.

Ajay Ravichandran  (B.A., philosophy, University of Chicago; J.D., Yale University). He is primarily interested in practical philosophy, broadly construed, including metaethics, normative ethics, action theory, and the philosophy of law. Recently, he’s been thinking a lot about philosophical conceptions of practical reason, the justification of punishment, and the implications of action theory for ethics. He also has a side interest in ancient philosophy and developing interests in the philosophy of mind, Kant’s theoretical philosophy, and the work of the later Wittgenstein.


Patrick Ryan  (Harvard, 2015) Currently, I am working on topics in the philosophy of mathematics. I also have interests in early modern philosophy (including Kant) and normative ethics.

Pia Schneider  (M.A., Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 2016). Pia is mainly interested in philosophy of science, Kant, and logic.

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Edward Schwartz  (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2017.) His main interests are in philosophy of language, with related interests in metaphysics and logic.

Sarah Vernallis  (B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2019). Her main interests are in philosophy of language, aesthetics, philosophy of science, and epistemology.

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Daniel Villalon  (B.A., philosophy and mathematics, Northwestern University, 2017). I am mainly interested in philosophical logic and philosophy of language. My primary concerns include truth, reference and entailment. I have additional interests in metaphysics and early analytic philosophy.

James Walsh  (Sc.B., Brown University, 2013) James is a student in the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science. His research is in logic and adjacent topics in the philosophy of logic and mathematics.

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Alina Wang  (B.A., philosophy and psychology, Smith College, 2019). Perception, embodied cognitive science, existential phenomenology, and Kant.

Evan Washington  (A.B., with high honors, Mathematics, Princeton University, 2018). My main interest is logic (both mathematical logic and philosophical logic). I also have interests in formal epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science.