Philosophy

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Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Visiting Faculty

The department hosts frequent visiting scholars and professors from all over the world, and a Distinguished Visitor for one semester every other year.

Graduate Students

  • Andrea Argueta smiling wearing glasses, yellow hat, and yellow scarf.

    Andrea Argueta

    Andrea received her B.A in Philosophy and English Literature from New York University. Afterward, she was a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow at Yale University where she performed research in philosophy and cognitive science. Her main areas of interest include philosophy of mind, Ancient Greek philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics.

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    Mark Christman

    Mark received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester along with a degree in Physics. While he enjoys dabbling in all areas of Philosophy, his primary interests are in Logic, Philosophy of Physics, and playing devil's advocate.

  • Conrad Damstra

    Conrad Damstra

    Conrad received his BA in philosophy from Williams College. He is primarily interested in Kant’s theoretical philosophy but also has interests in early modern philosophy, political philosophy, and German idealism. Outside of philosophy, he enjoys reading (fiction and history) and watching sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Leo Feldblyum

    Leonard Feldblyum

    Leonard received his MA from Georgia State University. His interests include history of philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche) and ethics.

  • Meredith Gilman

    Meredith Gilman

    Meredith is originally from Exeter, New Hampshire and received their BA from St. Lawrence University. Their areas of philosophical interest include philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and Ancient Greek philosophy.

  • Photo of Nicolas making a goofy face and looking towards the right corner of the frame

    Nicolas Heliotis

    A Seattle native, Nicolas studied philosophy and history at Western Washington University. After a brief foray into the music business, Nicolas attended NYU Law and worked for a handful of years as an attorney. Immediately before coming to Brown, he completed an MA in philosophy at Brandeis University. His main philosophical interests are ethics, social philosophy, the philosophy of law, and pragmatism. His main personal interests are (primarily) his dog Jasper and (to a lesser extent) books, records, and films. 

  • Marc Hewitt

    Marc Hewitt

    Marc is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He received his B.A. in philosophy from UBC in 2015 and his M.A. in theology from Regent College in 2018. His main philosophical interests are in political philosophy, ethics, and epistemology.

  • Yiran Hua

    Yiran Hua

    Yiran received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although she enjoys almost all areas in analytic philosophy, she has particular interests in moral psychology, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. In her free time, she likes to collect materials to write stand-up comedies. She also enjoys cooking and reading. 

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    Ying Huang

    Ying’s main interests lie in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. She is also interested in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, aesthetics and Kant.

  • Laurence Kenny

    Laurence Kenny

    Larry received his B.A. in linguistics from Dartmouth and his M.A. in philosophy from Tufts. His interests are in phenomenology and translation and especially the early translation of Western philosophy into Japanese. He makes a hobby of starting, and sometimes even continuing, to study languages and musical instruments, with a current focus on German and the flute.

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    Frank Li

    Frank is interested in the history of German philosophy, philosophy of mind, and social-political philosophy. Before coming to Brown, he received his B.A. in Philosophy and German from McGill in 2022.

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    Sam McGrath

    Originally from Miami Beach, FL, Sam McGrath received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a thesis focused on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Upon graduating, he moved to rural Japan, where he worked as an English Teacher. In 2016, he completed an MPhil in Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, writing his thesis on Carnap, Quine, and the concept of metalinguistic negotiation. His general philosophical interests thus far have centered on language, metaphysics, and the history of analytic philosophy.

  • Patrick McKee

    Patrick McKee

    Patrick grew up in Maryland, received his A.B. in applied mathematics (focusing on economics) from Harvard College in 2007, and worked in the financial services industry for a decade. He joined the philosophy PhD program at Brown in 2020. His philosophical interests include ethics, metaethics, epistemology and philosophical logic.

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    Haigen Messerian

    Haigen is originally from Southern California, and received his B.A. from UC Berkeley. His philosophical interests are mainly in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and the history of analytic philosophy. He also loves listening to jazz music and playing his banjo.

  • Musker

    Samuel Musker

    Sam is from Johannesburg, South Africa. After beginning his studies in engineering at the University of Cape Town, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. There he received his BA in 2019 with a major in philosophy and science, and with minors in mathematics and "logic, information, and computation". Before joining the philosophy program, Sam worked at the Boston Consulting Group for a year in Boston. At Brown he is excited to pursue research at the intersection between philosophy and computer science. 

  • Kim Ramos standing against a green bush holding their graduation cap

    Kim Ramos

    Kim grew up in rural Missouri and received their BA in Philosophy & Religion at Truman State University. Their main areas of interests include epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the metaphysics of self and identity, though they have a growing interest in social philosophy. They enjoy writing poetry and short prose, sewing, and over-analyzing horror movies.

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    Mary Renaud

    Mary received her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).  Her main areas of interests are in Metaethics and Philosophy of Action, with additional interests in Philosophy of Language, Formal and Informal Logic, and Buddhist Ethics & Metaphysics.

  • Schrepfer

    Matthew Schrepfer

    Matthew grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He received his BA from Fordham University and an MA from Georgia State University, both in philosophy. His interests are in political philosophy and history, especially Hegel and Marx.

  • Taylan Susam

    Taylan Susam

    Taylan is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied music composition the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and philosophy and political science at the University of Leuven and at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. His current philosophical interests include Kant’s practical philosophy, moral psychology and the self.

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    Anna Tsvetkov

    Anna is from Brooklyn, New York. Her research is primarily in philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Before coming to Brown, she completed her B.A. in Philosophy at SUNY Binghamton.

  • Taojie Wang

    Taojie Wang

    Taojie received a BA in English from University of Liverpool, a BA in philosophy from KU Leuven, and an MA in philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His philosophical interests are broad. They include philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophy of language, epistemology, Kant, and Wittgenstein. He also has a growing interest in aesthetics and moral psychology.

  • Stavros Orfeas Zormpalas

    Stavros Orfeas Zormpalas

    Orfeas grew up in Athens, Greece and got his BA in philosophy at Dartmouth College. His philosophical interests are still forming, and still very, very broad. They include metaphysics, language, philosophical logic, epistemology, and many questions in metaethics that overlap with any of the above. In his spare time, he likes to be with friends, and to be outside, walking, biking, camping, climbing and sitting around. He also loves music.

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