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Current Doctoral Students

Vahid Jafarzadehdarzi

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.



Michelle Mahoney

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 Current research focus is on Iris Murdoch's unpublished writings on Martin Heidegger (ARPA, 2013).





Michael Austin

Areas of Specialization: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy (Speculative Realism, Badiou), 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.

Gil Shalev 

My main areas of interest and research are: Early Modern Philosophy, Rationalism, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion. My Masters Thesis research focused on the meaning of 'Certainty' in The Meditations as it is expressed via the Meditator's knowledge of Self vs. his knowledge of God's existence. For my PhD research I am exploring the Medieval Scholastic roots/background to the Cartesian argument of the the idea of the infinite as proof for the necessary existence of that which is the infinite itself -- God. Main focus will be Duns Scotus, Maimonides and Aquinas.




Shannon O'Rourke 

Earned his B.A. in Philosophy and German Literature from the University of Alberta, followed by an M.A. in Philosophy from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He wrote his master’s thesis on Kant’s Anthropology investigating the framework for a science of man. His main areas of interest are the limits of science and reason in understanding what the human being is, in order to understand what the human being can become. His current research investigates the emergence of systematicity in chaotic system, especially in consciousness. His investigation is focused on these limits in 18th-20th century continental philosophy as well the philosophy of science. Kant, Schelling and Brandom form the foundation of his PhD project.