Visiting Scholars

Austin Andrews   (PhD, UCB, 2017; B.A., high honors with distinction, UCSB, 2009). Austin’s research and teaching focus on the metaphysics and epistemology of perceptual experience.

Alvin Goldman   received his BA from Columbia University and his PhD from Princeton University. He has taught for over 15 years at Michigan (Ann Arbor), Arizona (Tucson), and Rutgers (New Brunswick), where he is currently Board of Governors professor. He has served as president of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and is a fellow of the American Association of Arts and Sciences. His primary fields of research are epistemology, social epistemology, action theory, philosophy of mind, cognitive science and its philosophical applications, and, more recently, political philosophy. He has won APA awards for research on legal theory, philosophical naturalism, and social epistemology.

Anna Hennessey   received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Philosophy from New York University. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined the interaction between imagery, visualization, and representation in the context of medieval Chinese philosophy and religion. Anna has also studied visualized images used in the context of birth. At Berkeley, she is researching the extent to which the mental content of perception is an object during visualization, and also the philosophical dimensions of birth.

Richard Lawrence   (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley). Richard’s research focuses on philosophy of language and logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of mathematics. He is also interested in ancient philosophy and philosophy of science. He completed his Ph.D. in 2017 with a dissertation titled Nominalization, Specification, and Investigation. He is currently a Berkeley Connect Fellow mentoring undergraduates in the department.

Bengt Molander   is Professor of Philosophy at the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. After philosophy studies in Uppsala and Oxford he has held positions at the Universities in Uppsala and Gothenburg and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Konstanz, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University and the University of Cambridge. His main research interest is the kinds of knowledge that is primarily expressed through human actions and practices, not in the form of propositions and theories. Other research interests are the connections between artistic expressions and human learning as well as knowledge conceptions (ideologies) in society.

Milos Petrovic   received a PhD from the Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley. Mainly focused on political philosophy and cultural history. His dissertation examined the transformation of English society and political thought between the 17th and 19th centuries.

B. Scot Rousse   received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He works primarily on issues in the theory of human identity and action, exploring the overlap among the traditions of existential phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, and the philosophy of action. Rousse has been a DAAD Research Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, a Northwestern University Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellow, and participated in a SIAS/Wissenschaftskolleg Summer Institute on “Action Theory in Philosophy and the Social Sciences.” More information is at and Google Scholar.

Laura Schroeter   is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She has published on two-dimensional semantics, concept individuation, reference determination, and metaethics. She is currently working on a book with François Schroeter developing a relational model of concept individuation applied to normative terms.

François Schroeter   is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses mainly on metaethics and moral psychology.

Holly M. Smith   serves as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, following appointments at Tufts University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Arizona. She has published widely on topics in normative ethics, moral decision making, the theory of moral responsibility, and bio-medical ethics. In Making Morality Work, forthcoming from Oxford University Press (UK), she explores how moral theories should accommodate the errors, ignorance, and misunderstandings that impede us as moral decision makers. Her current project proposes a new strategy for weighing the stringency of deontological duties.

David Suarez  (Postdoc) received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. His dissertation, Thinking Nature: Towards a Phenomenological Naturalism, developed a methodology and ontology for the study of subjectivity. His current postdoctoral research is on the nature of animality, and is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dave works on problems in philosophy of mind and phenomenology, and has a keen interest in Kant and German Idealism. More information can be found at his personal website.

Visiting Student Researchers

Jixin Liu   now is a Ph.D. candidate in Peking University (Department of Philosophy). His major is logic, especially modal logic and a recent work of him is on weak aggregative modal logics (WAL). At Berkeley, he will study and try to do some research on possibility semantics. He is also interested in set theory, particularly the axiom of choice.

Brad Saad   is a philosophy PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on consciousness, mental causation, and how symmetries bear on the mind-body problem.

Lin Yu   was a Ph.D. candidate in Beihang University (Foreign Language Department). Her Ph.D. proposal deals with the hierarches and degrees of event integration in linguistic representation and mind. At Berkeley, she continues to explore the philosophical dimensions of event integration both in mind and languages. She is also the editorial assistant of Cognitive Semantics.