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Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars

  • Sam Elgin

    Sam Elgin

    Ph.D. – Yale University

    Postdoc: Sept. 2018 - August 2020

    Faculty Sponsor: Eric Watkins

    My research primarily falls within foundational metaphysics. I investigate the notions of essence, analysis and real definition.  Recently, my research has concerned generalized identities – sentences of the form ‘To be F is to be G.’  I argue that these sentences ought to be understood in terms of truth-maker semantics, and explore the implications this has for other philosophical puzzles.

  • Linus Huang

    Linus Huang

    Ph. D. – University of Sydney

    Postdoc: Dec 2018 – November 2020

    Faculty Sponsor: Bill Bechtel

    My research program explores the implications of cognitive neuroscience on the nature of agency and the human mind. In particular, I’ve focused on the problem of control.  I argue that a hybrid account of control that incorporates insights from both embodied and classical cognitive architectures is the view best supported by empirical research.

  • Emily Bingeman

    Emily Bingeman

    Ph.D. student, Dalhousie University, Canada 

    Visiting Graduate Student: January 2020 - March 2020

    Faculty Sponsor:  Manuel Vargas

    My area of research is at the intersection of theories of moral responsibility and epistemic responsibility. In particular, I am interested in what criteria we currently apply to assess these theories and how we might integrate concerns and insights from feminist theory, disability theory, prison studies, addiction studies and critical race theory into these criteria. 

  • Kazuya Iho

    Kazuya Iho

    Ph.D. student, Kyoto University, Japan  

    Research Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (DC2)

    Visiting Graduate Student: December 2019 - March 2020

    Faculty Sponsor:  Manuel Vargas

    I work principally at the intersection of free will, moral responsibility and blame. In particular, I am trying to defend reasons-responsiveness theories of free will and moral responsibility and construct what I call 'the looking-down-on theory of blame'. I also have serious research interests in ethical problems around people with dementia, especially the problem whether the family members of people with dementia are morally obligated to monitor their behavior in order to prevent them from doing harm to others.

  • Stanislas Richard

    Stanislas Richard

    Ph.D. student, Central European University, Hungary

    Visiting Graduate Student: January 2020 - February 2020

    Faculty Sponsor:  Richard Arneson

    Stanislas Richard's primary research interest is the broadly understood concept of labour, that he explores with the suspicion that most political theorists seem not to give it the conceptual place it deserves.  His doctoral dissertation attempts to create a liberal theory of exploitation based on structural injustice. His side projects include the politics of labour by and large - the issue of its representation, its characteristics as a class, its history as a concept, and above all, its re-integration in disputes about justice and democracy.