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.

John Abughattas  (B.A., UCLA) I am interested in moral and political philosophy, german idealism, and action theory.

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 formal epistemology and metaphysics.

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.

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.

Sophia Dandelet  (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2013). My primary research explores the way that ethical considerations inform our second-order decisions as epistemic agents: not our decisions about what to believe, but our decisions about how to decide what to believe. In particular, I am currently thinking about how we should decide which possibilities to take seriously; ways of reframing and refreshing the modern debate over evidentialism; and self-gaslighting as epistemically coerced behavior. My paper on this last topic is forthcoming in Ethics.

Hannah DeBrine  (B.S., Mathematics and Philosophy, UW Madison). She is currently interested in philosophy of science, feminist philosophy, social epistemology, logic, and philosophy of language.

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 philosophy and philosophy of religion.

Micah Dubreuil  (B.A. with high honors, Philosophy, Wesleyan University; M.A. with distinction, Philosophy, San Francisco State University). Micah has many questions about the structure and sources of normativity—primarily in the areas of mind, language, perception/phenomenology, and aesthetics.

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.

Virginia Foggo  (B.A. Philosophy, UCLA). Her main interests are in normative and applied ethics, as well as legal philosophy. She has recently been thinking about privacy and fairness–and the relationship between the two–in the context of big data and machine learning.

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.Tyler’s office hours this semester (Fall ’20) are Wednesdays 10-11:30 at the Zoom link on this page.

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.

Jes Heppler  (B.A., summa cum laude, SUNY Geneseo) Jes is primarily interested in philosophy of perception, embodiment, phenomenology, and moral psychology. She is also often thinking about feminist epistemology and political philosophy.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Jennifer Marsh  (B.A., M.A. University of Pennsylvania) Jennifer is interested in epistemology and the history of modern philosophy. She is writing a dissertation on Kant’s conceptualism about perception.

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

Russell McIntosh  (B.S. in Mathematics with Highest Distinction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Russ is primarily interested in the philosophies of mathematics and mind. He maintains a secondary interest in consequentialist ethics.

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.

Milan Mossé  (B.A.H. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics; Stanford) Broadly, I’m interested in ethics and points of intersection between philosophy and complexity theory. Recently, I’ve been especially interested in fairness, intention, and causation. If you’re a prospective student and would like to talk to someone in the program, please do send me an email!

Christian Nakazawa  (A.B., Dartmouth College) Christian’s primary interests are in the philosophy of language, jurisprudence, and moral and political philosophy. Other areas of interest include philosophy of science and philosophy of race.

Sven Neth  (B.A., Freie Universität Berlin, 2016). Hi, I’m interested in philosophy. I mostly work on decision theory and formal epistemology.

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 University) I’m writing a dissertation about Aristotle’s modal metaphysics, a paper about the narrative unity of Wagner’s Ring, and a novel about regret (a subject with which I grow increasingly familiar with every passing year). Don’t hesitate to email me about any of these things.

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

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.

Daniel Proske  (B.S., University of Texas, 2014). My main interests are in logic and philosophy of language.

Aparna Rao  (B.A., Brandeis University, 1995) Aparna’s interests are primarily in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology. She is also interested in questions found at the juncture of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. She hopes to broaden her interest in contemporary moral philosophy by investigating the relation between moral relativism and tolerance.

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

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 Transcendental Aesthetic and its origins. Some of her other interests are visual art, aesthetics and feminism.

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.

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

Alina Wang  (B.A., philosophy & psychology, Smith College, 2019). Phenomenology, embodied cognitive science, 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.