Alumni with PHIL Ph.D.s

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Samuel Asarnow '08

Stanford University Ph.D., Assistant Professor Macalester College.  His interests include Ethics, Metaethics, and Action Theory.  website

Sophie Horowitz '08

MIT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rice University.  Her interests include Epsitemology, Decision Theory, Ethics.  website

Daniel Peterson '08

University of Michigan Ph.D.  His interests include Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Formal Epistemology.

Jacob Berger '05

The Graduate Center, CUNY Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Idaho State University.  His interests include Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Aesthetics, Ethics, Logic, and Philosophy of Language. website

Elena Cuffari '05

University of Oregon Ph.D., Assistant Professor Worcester State University.  website

Neil Mehta '05

University of Michigan Ph.D., Assistant Professor Yale NUS College.  His interests include philosophy of mind and epistemology. website

Ian McCready-Flora '05

University of Michigan Ph.D., Assistant Professor, St. Louis Univeristy.  His interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy.  website

Benjamin C. Bagley '04

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, Harvard University.  His interests include normative ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of action. website

Amir Jaima '04

SUNY Stonebrook Ph.D.,  Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Lawrence University.  His interests include Ethics and Aesthetics. website

Mavis Biss '02

University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland.  Her interests include Ethics, including feminist ethics, Kant's ethical, social and historical philosophy, 19th century German philosophy.  website

Daniel A. Koltonski '02

Cornell University, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Amherst College.  His interests include Ethics, Law, and Political Philosophy.  website

Ira Lindsay '01

Yale Law School J.D., Univeristy of Michigan, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy and the Political Economy Project, Dartmouth College. His interests include property and taxation in political and legal philosophy. website


Joel Yurdin '99

University of California, Berkeley Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Haverford College. His interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy and philosophical psychology. website

John Vella '97

University of California at San Diego Ph.D. Areas of interest include ancient philosophy and ethics. Current research project investigates the relationship between Greek tragedy and early Greek philosophy.

Michael Cholbi '94

University of Virginia Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Cal Poly Pomona. His interests include ethics, social and political philosophy, Kant, early modern philosophy, punishment, race and racism, applied ethics, philosophical psychopathology. website

Colin Heydt '94

Boston University Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida. His interests include History of Philosophy and Ethics. website

Claudia Eisen Murphy '91

Cornell University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Saint Michael's College

Susanna Siegel '91

Cornell University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. Her interests include the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. website

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Dan Farnham '89

The University of Arizona Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Saint Benedict Saint John's University. His interests include Ethics, Moral Psychology, History of Ethics. website

Brie Gertler '89

Brown University Ph.D. Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia.  Her interests include Philosophy of Mind (especially introspection and consciousness), Epistemology, Metaphysics. website


Leslie MacAvoy '88

McGill University Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, East Tennessee State University. Her interests include 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy. website

Russell Marcus '88

The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York Ph. D Chauncey Truax Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hamilton College.His interests include Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mathematics.  website

David Sussman '88

University of Chicago Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include eithics, political philosophy, moral psychology, Kant and post-Kantian German Idealism. website

James Ryan '87

University of Miami Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He is a programmer at Perrin Quarles Associates.   website

David Sobel '87

University of Michigan Ph.D. Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska--Lincoln . His interests include ethics, theory of value, political philosophy. website

Gregory E. Kaebnick '86

University of Minnesota Ph.D. Editor, Hastings Center Report; Associate for Philosophical Studies. His philosophical studies have concerned the nature of moral reasoning and the nature and status of moral values. In bioethics as well, his work has focused on issues in genetics and on the theory of moral deliberation, particularly on the role of principles and particulars in moral reasoning. He is particularly interested in questions about the kinds of values that figure in thinking about biotechnology. website


Darrell Moore '86

Northwestern University Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University. His interests include aesthetics, political philosophy, and critical race theory. website

Jennifer Uleman '86

University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy, Purchase College, SUNY. Her interests include Kant's moral and political theory, modern philosophy (Descartes to Hegel) and contemporary moral, political, and legal issues. website

Ann Cudd '82

University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy.  Dean of the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences.  Her interests include philosophy of social science, particularly economics, liberalism, democratic theory, and rational choice theory.  website

Noah Efron, '82

Tel Aviv Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is a historian of science and religion whose writing and teaching focus on Jewish attitudes towards nature and science in early modern Europe.

Benjamin Zipursky '82

University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy and Law, Fordham University School of Law. His primary interests are Tort Law and Philosophy of Law. website

Elizabeth Anderson '81

Harvard University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor. Her interests include moral and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Science. website

Carrie Figdor '81

City University of New York Graduate Center Ph.D,. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa. Her interests include metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of cognitive science (/psychology/neuroscience), as well as journalism ethics. website

Jacob Howland '80

Pennsylvania State University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, University of Tulsa. His interests include Ancient Philosophy; Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.


Robin Schott '76

Yale University Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies.  Her interestes include Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Peace, Risk and Violence. website

Charlotte Witt '75

Georgetown University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, University of New Hamphshire. Her interests include ancient philosophy, feminism, and metahysics. website

Robert May '73

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis. He works on philosophy of logic, Frege and the history of early analytic philosophy, philosophy of language and linguistics, and in theoretical linguistics.  website

Robert Heinaman '71

Princeton University Ph.D. University College of London. His interests include Greek philosophy He is currently working on the ethics of Plato and Aristotle.


Morton Winston '70

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, The College of New Jersey. His interests include theory and practice of human rights; ethical theory; political philosophy, philosophy of technology. website

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Thomas McKay '69

University of Massachusetts Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University. His interests include the philosophy of language and logic. website

Geoffrey C. Joseph '67

Harvard University Ph.D.  Philosophy teaching positions: University of Wisconsin, 1972–81; University of Southern California, 1982–1987 (the year of his death). He also had visiting appointments at University of Pennsylvania, 1978–9; University of California at San Diego, 1981–82. Harvard University Ph.D. He taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison then University of Southern California.

Alexander Nehamas '67

Princeton University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy and Professor of the Humanities and of Comparative Literature. His interests include Greek philosophy, philosophy of art, European philosophy and literary theory. website

John Gates Bennett '66

Michigan Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, University of Rochester.  His interests include Political Philosophy.  Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Law.

Stephen Nathanson '65

John Hopkins University Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University. He teaches courses in ethics and political philosophy. His special areas of interest include issues about the ethics of war, economic justice, patriotism. He is the author of widely reprinted works on the death penalty. website

John Gordon Troyer '65

Harvard University Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Connecticut. His interests include normative theory, Early Modern Philosophy, and Wittgenstein. website

Philip T. Grier, '64

University of Michigan Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Dickinson College. His interests include Hegel and the Hegelian tradition, including Marx and the Marxists, as well as in the history of Russian philosophy.

Allan Gibbard '63

Harvard University Ph.D. Richard B. Brandt Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan. His field of specialization is ethical theory. website

Margaret Osler '63

Indiana University Ph.D. Professor of History, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Calgary. Her interests include The Scientific Revolution, Science in the 17th Century and The Mechanical Philosophy.

David Lewis '62

Harvard University Ph.D.Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University. His work included Logic, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Ethics, Epistemology, and Political

Peter Unger '62

Oxford Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, New York University. His interests include Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, and Philosophy of Mind. website

Barbara Hall Partee '61

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her interests center on formal semantics and its connections with syntax, pragmatics, and logic, and on related issues in the philosophy of language and in cognitive science. website

Gilbert Harman '60

Harvard University Ph.D. Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University. His interests include ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, learning theory, cognitive science, and theoretical and practical rationality. website


Ann Ferguson, '59

Brown University Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her interests include Feminist theory, ethics, philosophy of sexuality, social and political philosophy, Michel Foucault. website

Jerome Schiller '58

Harvard University Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy Washington University in St. Louis.  His interest include Ancient Philosophy. 

Cora Diamond '57

B. Phil., Oxford. William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Studies University of Virginia School of Law . Her interests include Wittgenstein; Frege and philosophy of language; moral and political philosophy, philosophy and literature.

Robert R. Ammerman  '52

Princeton University Ph.D. Emeritus Professor  of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin. His interests include Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Stephen Barker '49

Harvard University Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University. His interests include the history of modern philosophy, the theory of knowledge, and applied ethics.

Burnham Terrell '45

University of Michigan Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His interests included the philosophy of Franz Brentano, Ethics and the History of Philosophy (Modern Empiricists and the medieval non-saints).

Richard Bradshaw Angell '40

Harvard University Ph.D. - Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Wayne State University. His interests include Logic, Contemporary Philosophy.