Archives for August 2013

Andrew Franklin-Hall

1-HallPost-doc: Love & Human Agency


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Ph.D. Columbia, 2011)

Areas of Interest:

Ethics and Social/Political Philosophy


Andrew specializes in ethics and social/political philosophy.  He is especially interested in the moral significance of childhood, old age, and familial relationships.  He has recently published essays on the autonomy of adolescents and on Locke’s theory of parental authority in The Philosophical Quarterly and The Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He will be spending the upcoming year at the University of California at Riverside, where he plans to research the extent to which love is an attitude guided by reasons and the importance of attachment in loving relationships.  You can find out more about Andrew’s projects at his website.

Andrew’s CV


Ben Mitchell-Yellin

BenPost-Doc with the Immortality Project

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Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

M.A. [Philosophy], Boston College

B.A. [Creative Writing & Literature] University of Michigan

Areas of Interest:

Ethics; Philosophy of Action


Ben is currently developing work from his dissertation focusing on identifying different conceptions of what is fundamental to human agency and how they factor into debates in moral theory about the correct account of right and wrong and debates in agency theory about the correct accounts of self-governance and moral responsibility. He is also developing an account of self-governed action as grounded in one’s evaluative commitments. He is particularly interested in showing that the account can make sense of weak-willed actions and the importance of the emotions. He has recently taught Ethics and the Meaning of Life and the Philosophy of Law. Visit Ben’s website.

John Ramsey


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University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. 2013

University of California, Riverside, M.A. 2008

Ursinus College, B.A.  2004

Areas of Interest:

Philosophy of Language, Social Philosophy, and Classical Chinese Philosophy


John Ramsey’s research consists in three overlapping projects in philosophy of language, social practices, and early Chinese thought. The unifying thread involves social roles and social norms, particularly how they affect a person’s commitments, autonomy, and behavior. Beginning with my dissertation, I argue that speech act theory is not sufficient for explaining how speech constitutes oppression and that an account of social norms and institutions must supplement speech act theory. I also am interested in questions of regulation and public policy regarding hate speech, pornography, and the First Amendment. My recent work in early Chinese philosophy examines whether and how early Confucians can revise pernicious and oppressive li (ritualized conventions and social norms) and whether early Confucianism is best characterized as a role ethic, a recent interpretation of early Confucian texts.  Learn more on John’s website.

Sam Richards


B.A. St. John’s College (NM), Liberal Arts, 2009

M.A. Georgia State University, Philosophy, 2013

Areas of interest

Post-Kantian European Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (esp. Adam Smith), Metaphysics, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind


Micaela Quintana



B.A. Philosophy, Whitman College, 2009

Areas of Interest

Mica is interested primarily in metaethics, although she is also interested in phenomenology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. She is drawn especially to the contributions of Plato,  Kant, Nietzche, Heidegger and Wittgenstein to these topics but is also interested in joining in contemporary discussions in these areas.


Maxwell McCoy


B.A. Philosophy/Political Science, Drury University

Areas of Interest

19th and 20th century European philosophy, selfhood, moral responsibility, normativity and ethics

Taylor Cyr


Florida State University

M.A. Philosophy, May 2013

B.A. Philosophy, Dec. 2010, Summa Cum Laude

B.A. Religion, Dec. 2010, Summa Cum Laude

Areas of Interest

Metaphysics, Ethics, Religion, Action, Mind, Logic


Taylor is primarily interested in issues pertaining to free will and moral responsibility. Some of his research has focused on luck-related worries for free will, both for compatibilist and for libertarian accounts. He also enjoys studying other topics in metaphysics, especially personal identity. For more information, visit Taylor’s website.


Monique Wonderly


B.A., University of Michigan

M.A., Western Michigan University


Monique is primarily interested in Theoretical Ethics, including normative ethics, metaethics, and moral epistemology; Philosophy of Action, especially moral responsibility; and Moral Psychology. She also has a strong secondary interest in Applied Philosophy, including practical ethics, philosophy for children and philosophy of education. Read more about Monique’s research on her website.

Justin White


B.A., (Philosophy and English), Brigham Young University

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Areas of Interest

19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of action

Yvonne Tam


B.A., Colgate University

M.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Yvonne is interested in the structure of justification, moral theory, moral emotions, normativity, and practical reason. In particular, she spends a lot of time thinking about Kant’s theory of freedom and autonomy, the relational structure of the self, and the relationship between self-interest and the concern for others. She especially enjoys consulting the likes of Kant, Frege, and Nietzsche on these issues.