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Department of Philosophy

Graduate Students

 

John Boland

bolandjm@email.sc.edu

 
Nicholas Danne
Nicholas Danne
ndanne@email.sc.edu
I am researching the metaphysics of optical properties like reflectance and refractivity, intrigued as I am by a particular difficulty which arises when attempting to ascribe them as "intrinsic" properties of objects like household mirrors (or precision laboratory equipment, for that matter). I lived in the Midwest for most of my life, but really love the South.
Marco Forgione
Marco Forgione
mrcfrg@gmail.com
In 2012 I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Padova in Italy, with a dissertation on the epistemology of space and time with respect to Galileo, Newton and special theory of relativity. After my BA, I obtained my master’s degree in Logic, Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Florence in Italy. There, I had the opportunity to study (among other subjects): logic (set theory, Gödel's theorems, proof theory), linear algebra and foundations of modern physics (especially non-relativistic quantum mechanics). I spent the last six months of my master at the MCMP in Munich, where I completed my master's thesis: “Moderate Structural Realism and Bohmian Mechanics”.
 
My main interests are on history and philosophy of physics. More specifically, I am currently working on the philosophical underpinning of path integrals and Feynman diagrams and on the history of R. Feynman's physics and modern quantum field theories.
 Kelly Gallagher
Kelly Gallagher
kg6@email.sc.edu
My primary area of research is in contemporary neo-Aristotelian and Thomistic metaphysics. I am particularly interested in the relationship between Aristotelian conceptions of Nature and contemporary definitions of life. I explore this in my dissertation, where I argue that a strong version of hylomorphism (i.e. a Thomistic understanding) avoids the circularity problems that plague life definitions and thus provides a more fruitful framework for thinking about the nature of life. Furthermore, I am beginning to work on a related project where I argue that an Aristotelian understanding of Nature can provide a promising route for reconciling traditional views about essences with evolution, thus preserving belief in natural kinds. I also have an active interest in the role of skilled knowledge (techne) in human flourishing, and how technology can effect this for better or worse. When not doing academic things, I am probably doing renovation projects on my home or watching my chickens free range in the back yard.
 

John Harris

jah30@email.sc.edu

 
 Emily Matthias
Emily Matthias
emathias@email.sc.edu
Originally from Michigan, I received my MA in philosophy from Western Michigan University and I am working towards my PhD at U of SC. My primary research is at the intersection of philosophy of language and ethics. I also enjoy working with philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre.

Recent Publications: "Groundwork for the Moral Evaluation of Speech Acts". Social Philosophy Today v.35, 2019, 129-142.
 Eric Maher
Eric Maher
emaher@email.sc.edu
I graduated from The University of Pittsburgh in 2013. I am interested in the Philosophy of Physics and the Philosophy of Science.
 Apurva Parikh
Apurva Parikh
aparikh@email.sc.edu
Apurva Parikh is a PhD student whose broader research interests involve bringing Indian philosophy in conversIn 2012  In his current research, he is attempting to utilize the conceptual resources developed by Dewey in his pragmatist ethics to develop of contemporary reconstruction of the Indian concept of dharma as it is encountered in the expansive body of literature known as the dharmaśāstras, or treatises on dharma.
 Sarah Pressman
Sarah Pressman
pressmas@email.sc.edu
I am a first year PhD student and my main interests are in virtue ethics and moral psychology. Before coming to USC, I received my BA in philosophy from Baylor University.
 Justin Price
Justin Price
jp6@email.sc.edu
My research is on Philosophy of Science and the transfer of scientific models across scientific domains. For my dissertation, I focus on cases of models developed in physics that are then used by chemists. Besides Philosophy of Science my teaching experience and interest range from logic to technology to applied ethics.
 
Outside of academia, I'm interested in public radio, having hosted my own show for two years now. At the moment I'm working for the WUSC radio station as a public affairs director, booking and organizing concerts for the Columbia music scene.
 Dustin Sigsbee
Dustin Sigsbee
dsigsbee@email.sc.edu
My general research interests are in normative and applied ethics, especially animal ethics. My specific research interests focus on how we should understand the moral community, as well as the relationship between partialist and impartialist moralities.
 Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth Stewart
eks2@email.sc.edu
My research interests include trust and trustworthiness, philosophy of language, epistemology and artificial intelligence. I am interested in understanding what trustworthiness is, particularly as it relates to Artificial Intelligence. My dissertation research focuses on understanding the circumstances in which an individual should consider a given application of AI trustworthy.
 

James Stewart

jas41@email.sc.edu

 
 Carter Weinstein
Carter Weinstein
carterrw@email.sc.edu
I received my undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Florida. I am interested in Normative Ethics, especially Virtue Ethics, the Philosophy of Emotion, and Jean Jacques Rousseau.
 Nicholas Wilson
Nicholas Wilson
wilsonnp@email.sc.edu
I am interested in philosophy of religion and ethics with a side interest in metaphysics. In particular, I focus on approaches to natural theology and conceptions of natural law.

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