Current Doctoral Students
Vahid JD earned the BA in Western Philosophy at the University of Tehran, followed by MA in Philosophy at Memorial University. He wrote his Master’s thesis on Kant’s philosophy of life and he is currently working on Schelling and German Idealism as a part of his PhD project. He has published several translations of Western philosophical texts from English to Persian including pieces by Negri, Gramsci, Badiou, Ranciere etc. and is the Reviews Editor for Analecta Hermeneutica, the annual refereed journal of the International Institute for Hermeneutics. Skepticism, Romanticism, Deconstruction and Islamic philosophy are some of Vahid’s other philosophical interests and/or areas of specialty.
Earned the B.A, hons, in English Literature at Memorial University, followed by M.A. seminar work in the history of western philosophy under the M.Phil program in the Humanities culminating in a dissertation on Martin Heidegger and the history of western metaphysics. Subjects of interest included C.S.Peirce, Iris Murdoch, Greek and medieval philosophy, metaphysics, the Frankfurt and continental schools including Hannah Arendt. Current research focus is on Iris Murdoch's unpublished writings on Martin Heidegger (ARPA, 2013).
Areas of Specialization: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy (Speculative Realism, Badiou, Å½iÅ¾ek), Process Philosophy, Psychoanalysis.
Michael Austin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is a member of the Schelling Society of North America, and a member of the editorial team for Speculations: Journal of Speculative Realism. He has published numerous articles on Schelling, Badiou, Deleuze, Lacan, as well as speculative realism, and has lectured on contemporary philosophy and psychoanalytic theory.