Kyla Bruff is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Memorial University. Her work primarily investigates the metaphysical commitments of political positions, and the relevance of classical German philosophy for politics today. She is also a feminist and frequently lends a critical voice to political and ecological issues—especially those facing Newfoundland and Labrador.
Kyla speaks and works in English, French and German. Many of her publications trace the interactions and resonances between 19th and 20th century German and French philosophy. She is the Managing Editor of Kabiri, the Treasurer of the North American Schelling Society, and the Co-Director of For A New Earth.
Her doctoral dissertation explores what classical German philosophy, specifically the work F.W.J. Schelling and Theodor W.Adorno, could have to offer to contemporary critiques of populism and the defence of liberal democracy. It is supervised by Professor Sean J. McGrath.
Kyla's doctoral research has been primarily funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), valued at $105,000. Throughout her PhD studies, she has returned to Germany numerous times as a Visiting Researcher.
Kyla completed her MA through the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie program from 2012-2014, fully funded for two years by the European Commission. Over the course of 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 Professor Michael Forster.
Kyla also holds a BA (hons.) in Philosophy, Political Science (second major) and French (minor) from Memorial University. Her hobbies are learning languages and playing ice hockey.