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., high honors with distinction, 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.

Scott Casleton   (B.A., with distinction, Yale University). Scott has broad interests in the history of philosophy, with particular attention to differences in philosophical method across time and place. His less ambitious goals are to work in philosophy of art, language, and law; his more ambitious goals include combating any form of metaphysics.

Monika Chao   (B.A., philosophy, University of North Carolina, Asheville, M.A., philosophy, San Francisco State University) Monika is mainly interested in philosophy of language and its intersections with philosophy of science and metaphysics. She also has interests in feminist philosophy as well as aesthetics (i.e. watching basketball).

Sophia Dandelet   (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2013). Her main interests are in metaethics and philosophy of language. In particular, she’s been thinking about ethical disagreement; the relationship between normative judgments and motivation; and whether rational explanations of behavior are compatible with certain kinds of causal explanations.

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, 2009 & M.A. Philosophy, 2013, cum laude, 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 25A: Ancient Philosophy. Office hours are Thursdays 12:30 - 2 in 243 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.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. Or maybe it’s best just to list philosophers: Williams, Baier, Wittgenstein, Hume, Confucius, Murdoch, Nietzsche, Heidegger. Currently (Fall ‘17), Tyler is the GSI for Prof. Sluga’s Nietzsche course. His office hours are on Mondays from 2-3:30.Tyler’s current and former students should always feel welcome to email him for course or reading suggestions!

Blake Harper   (B.A., summa cum laude with highest honors in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Middlebury College, 2015). Blake’s primary interests are in philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. His secondary interests include data ethics and philosophy of biology. Blake also has a fondness for transcendental arguments in epistemology.

Jessica Heppler   (B.A., summa cum laude, SUNY Geneseo) Jessica (or “Jes”) is currently interested in epistemology, philosophy of language, and political philosophy. She has most recently been thinking about concepts and intuitions.

James Hutchinson   (B.A., University of Toronto, 2009) Jim works mostly on issues in epistemology and the philosophy of mind and language, especially as they appear in the modern and early analytic periods.His dissertation, Frege’s Systematic Conception of Truth and its Consequences, is about Gottlob Frege’s view that whatever is true must fit into a systematic science, and the way this leads him to think about logic and language. More information available at his website:

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.

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)
Jeff’s research focuses on human-created normative practices, like law and language. He argues that these practices are normative in a non-moral sense and that this rules out some, but not all, reductive theories of law and language.

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

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 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.

Elek Lane   (B.A., University of Chicago) So far, I have mostly pondered meaning, skepticism, and thought. But this is only a rough approximation of my interests, which stubbornly range over all areas of philosophy.

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.

Madeleine Levac   (B.A. Hons. with high distinction, University of Toronto). Madeleine has a number of disparate philosophical interests; her present intention, however, is to focus on philosophy of language and Kant.

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 Universität Berlin, 2016) Hi, I’m interested in philosophy. These days, I mostly like to think about epistemology, language and logic.

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 thinks about mind, knowledge, and literature.

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.

Emily Podhorcer   (B.A., Rutgers University). Emily is primarily interested in epistemology, with secondary interests in political and legal philosophy, philosophy of language, and decision theory.

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.