Current Doctoral Students

After completing a BA (hons.) in philosophy, political science and French, Kyla Bruff completed her MA through the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie program, fully funded for two years by the European Commission. Through this program, she studied at Université Toulouse II, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, and Universität Bonn, the latter at which she wrote her thesis on Herder’s Spinozism in Schelling’s early thought under the supervision of Prof. Michael Forster. Over the past three years, she has presented at more than 15 international conferences and workshops in French and English.
Kyla’s areas of concentration are German Idealism (notably Schelling), 20th century French thought, and metaphysics. Her doctoral research focuses on Schelling’s late readings and juxtaposition of his Naturphilosophie and Identity Philosophy, as seen through his Philosophy of Revelation. Kyla’s PhD is funded by a SSHRC CGS doctoral award ($105,000), along with Memorial University’s Dean’s Award for Excellence. She is also passionate about languages, and currently speaks and works in French and German, and is learning Latin and Czech.


Kyla Bruff
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.


Vahid JD

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 Current research focus is on Iris Murdoch's unpublished writings on Martin Heidegger (ARPA, 2013).


Michelle Mahoney
Fintan Neylan

Fintan Neylan earned his BA and MA at University College Dublin. His master’s thesis focused on the work of Martin Heidegger, which presented a reconstructed reading of the philosopher’s entire corpus along the axes of a few key concepts. His current focus lies in speculative and realist impulses within the history of continental philosophy and their relation with the sciences.
He has given presentations at a number of international conferences and has published on aesthetics, media studies, and most recently on the writings of Quentin Meillassoux. His research interests include phenomenology, post-war French philosophy, the naturalism of Wilfrid Sellars, and contemporary speculative philosophy.


Fintan Neylan
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. He wrote his master’s thesis on Kant’s Anthropology investigating the framework for a science of the human being [Mensch]. His main areas of interest are the limits of science and reason in understanding what the human being is, in an attempt to understand what the human being can become. His current research investigates the emergence of systematicity in chaotic systems. His doctoral focus is on the juxtaposition of these limits in C.S. Peirce’s Pragmatism and Bruno Latour’s Philosophy of Science via Actor Network Theory (ANT) and An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence (AIME).


Shannon ORourke
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.

Gil Shalev