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, Daniel Warren, and Janet Broughton. He has interests in many areas of philosophy including the history of modern philosophy, epistemology, self-knowledge, normativity, and perception.

Austin Andrews   (B.A., UCSB, 2009). Austin’s work focuses on the metaphysics and epistemology of perceptual experience.

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.

Adam Bradley   (B.A., Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, 2011) Adam is a 5th year student who works in the philosophy of mind. At the moment, he is writing a dissertation on pain experience.

Jeremy Carey   (B.A., Florida State University) Jeremy’s main interests are in ethics, moral psychology, and the philosophy of religion. He has secondary interests in the philosophy of mind, ancient philosophy, and Asian philosophy.

Sophia Dandelet   (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2013). Her main interests lie in metaethics, philosophy of language, and formal semantics. Right now, she’s arguing that Gibbard’s expressivism doesn’t deliver on one of its central aims, namely, to explain how normative judgments constrain decision about what to do. Later on, she hopes to think more about whether this should be an aim of metaethical theories.

Michael Diaz   (B.A., magna cum laude, Claremont McKenna College, 2008) Mike’s main philosophical interests are in moral and political philosophy. At the moment, he is particularly interested in finding out what moral obligations we have to other sentient beings and whether any person or entity can have legitimate political authority over us. Outside of philosophy, he is a big fan of 80s music, most sports, and food.

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, 2010 & M.A. Philosophy, 2014, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Peter Epstein   (A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard University, 2004) Peter’s main research interests are in philosophy of mind, formal epistemology, and philosophy of science. He is writing a dissertation on the nature of spatial experience.

Omar Fakhri   (B.A., Biola University) Omar’s main interests are in M&E, and ethics. He also has secondary interests in logic and philosophy of science.

Nick French   (B.A., summa cum laude with High Honors in Philosophy, NYU 2012). Nick is a fourth-year interested in ethics, particularly moral psychology, and the philosophy of action. His nascent dissertation focuses on the role of normative judgment in agency and our practices of holding one another responsible.

Quinn Gibson   (B.A. (Hons) First Class, Philosophy & B.A. With Distinction, Linguistics, University of Calgary, 2010) Quinn’s primary areas of research are ethics (esp. moral psychology), political philosophy, and philosophy of mind (esp. philosophical psychology and philosophy of psychiatry). He is also interested in applied ethics and ancient philosophy. Quinn is currently teaching Phil 107: Moral Psychology. Office hours are Tuesdays 12:30 - 2 in 301 Moses, and by appointment.

Nicholas Gooding   (B.A., Philosophy, McGill University, 2009). Nick has interests that range across the history of philosophy, both ancient and modern, primarily in the history of ethics, political philosophy and legal theory.

Tyler Haddow   (B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2014) Tyler is interested in what a good life is and what it takes to live one. He thinks philosophers old and new, ‘analytic’ and 'continental’, Eastern and Western have said compelling things in answer to these questions. These are some the topics he has been thinking about recently: moral luck, integrity, trust, social practices/rituals, habits, attention, moods, and practical necessity (“I must!”). Currently (Spring '17), Tyler is the GSI for Stroud’s Later Wittgenstein course. His office hours are on Tuesdays from 12:30-1 and Fridays from 4-5.Tyler’s current and former students should always feel welcome to email him for course or reading suggestions!

Alex Hansen   (B.A., Philosophy and Chemistry, summa cum laude, University of Colorado, 2012) Alex’s main interests are philosophy of religion and decision theory, with ancillary interests in epistemology and philosophy of science. He has a particular interest in Pascal’s Wager.

Blake Harper   (B.A., summa cum laude with highest honors in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Middlebury College, 2015). Blake’s main interests are in the philosophy of mind, particularly philosophy of artificial intelligence, philosophy of biology, epistemology, and metaphysics.

James Hutchinson   (B.A., University of Toronto, 2009) Jim’s main interests are in the history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of language, early modern philosophy, epistemology and the philosophy of mind. His dissertation, Frege on the Basic Laws of Logic, is about the way Frege’s thinking about logic and language relates to his epistemology.

Ethan Jerzak   (A.B., University of Chicago, 2010). Mainly philosophy of language and logic. Also epistemology and metaethics.

Julian Jonker   (LLB, BA (Hons), University of Cape Town). Julian is primarily interested in moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of law. He is working on a dissertation about public reason and political liberalism. Julian is also interested in social choice theory and decision theory.

Jeffrey Kaplan   (B.A., summa cum laude, Williams College, 2009; M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2011)
My dissertation is about the following questions. It is often said that social instituions–like games, clubs, etiquette, law, language, etc.–are “normative”. But in exactly what sense are they normative? And how does this normativity constrain our theories of them? Of course, this is a diverse collection of phenomena, and they may not all be normative in exactly the same sense. But, argue that they are. This means that my work is most controversial when it enters into well-established debates in the philosophy of law and in the debate about the so-called normativity of meaning.

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

Jackson Kernion   (B.A., Philosophy, Harvard, 2012) Jackson is primarily interested in philosophy of mind and epistemology. He spends a lot of time thinking about what thinking is. When not philosophizing, he likes to go hiking and do web programming.

Alex Kerr   (B.A. with highest honors, Oberlin College, 2010) Alex is working on a dissertation about spatial experience: our experience of spatial features and relations, like size, shape, distance, and orientation.

Dan Khokhar   (B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics, J.D., Indiana University; M.A. Bioethics, NYU) Dan is a fourth-year student interested primarily in moral and political philosophy. His dissertation concerns the nature and limits of authority.

Erica Klempner   (B.A., Oxford University; S.M., MIT) Erica is currently interested in everything. Eventually, she will have received an education, and will therefore only be interested in one or two things.

Alex Kocurek   (B.Sc., Physics and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2012) Alex (or “Arc”) mainly works in philosophical logic (in particular modal logic). His research interests intersect with philosophy of language, metaphysics, and philosophy of science.

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.

Richard Lawrence   (B.A. summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2007). Richard’s research focuses on the philosophy of language and philosophical logic. He is also interested in the philosophy of mathematics, ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of science.

Jennifer Marsh   (B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2011) 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, 2014) Matthew likes history and mathematical logic. He follows this blog and is a big fan of Lil Dicky.

Dylan Murray   (B.A., Kalamazoo College, 2006; M.A., Georgia State University, 2010) Dylan’s main interests are in moral psychology, philosophy of mind and action.

Sven Neth   (B.A., Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, 2016) Hi, I’m interested in philosophy.

Dustin Neuman   (B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.A., Brandeis University). His main interests are in philosophy of language and philosophy of logic. He also has a strong interest in contemporary metaphysics.

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.

Antonia Peacocke   (A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard, 2012) Antonia works in philosophy of mind, epistemology, aesthetics, and metaphysics. Her main research project focuses on questions that connect first-personal agency with foundations of knowledge and self-knowledge. What can you do to figure out what you believe? Do you need to know what you believe in order to change your beliefs in rational ways?

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

Kirsten Pickering   (B.A., Arizona State University, 2009) Kirsten is a sixth year student in the department, and 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 metaethics, moral psychology, and political and legal philosophy.

Rachel Rudolph   (B.A., McGill University, 2011). Rachel’s main interests are the philosophy of language, formal semantics, and (meta)ethics.

Patrick Ryan   (Harvard, 2015) I am primarily interested in the philosophy of mathematics, Kant, and Wittgenstein. Besides doing philosophy, I enjoy playing the piano and learning languages.

Pia Schneider   (M.A., Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 2016). I’m interested in formal epistemology, philosophical logic, and philosophy of science.

Umrao Sethi   (B.A., summa cum laude, Psychology, Philosophy, Columbia University, 2006). Umrao’s main interests lie in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. In particular, she is interested in the metaphysical structure of perceptual experience and the nature of sensible appearances.

Alberto Tassoni   (BA in Philosophy, University College London, 2015). His main interests are metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language.

Gerardo Vildostegui   (B.A. 1996, J.D. 2000, Yale University) Gerardo is writing a dissertation on justification by history. He is currently Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School, Camden, and a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy.

Justin Vlasits   (B.A., Columbia University). His main interests are in ancient philosophy, logic, and epistemology. His dissertation project is on the methods of collection and division in Plato and Aristotle.

James Walsh   (Sc.B., Brown University, 2013) James is a student in the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science. His primary interests are in mathematical logic and the foundations of mathematics.