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In an effort to keep this page from becoming ungainly, the webmaster has decided to confine it to active students. There are several other students presently working outside the department on their dissertations. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about them and their endeavors, feel free to contact the Office Support Specialist.

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Kevin Cales

B.S. - Radford University
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

As of now, Kevin’s primary interests are phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, Gadamer, Plato, and those who are referred to as the Pre-Socratics. To be candid, Kevin is trying to find his way about the world, and has been for as long as he has been able. He may not have many convictions, but he is convinced that life leads one to philosophy. He shares Gadamer's conviction that, “… Philosophy is a human experience that remains the same and that characterizes the human being as such, and that there is no progress in it, but only participation” (Hans Georg Gadamer. 1986. The idea of the good in Platonic-Aristotelian philosophy. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Aaron Darrisaw

B.A. - Georgia Southern University
M.A. - Reformed Theological Seminary

My central area of research is in 20th century French thought; especially the philosophies of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy. I'm interested in developing a theory of political subjectivity, drawing upon the insights of these thinkers. 

I have additional research interests in Critical Theory (esp. Adorno) and Marxist theory.

Caroline Folds

Erick Forsyth

B.A. - University of Alabama

As a blacksmith artist from the South, my interests have been shaped by the historical development of my art and region. My work often takes on my interdisciplinary sensibilities. I am currently working on a series of sculptures entitled “Miscegenation” and a book project taking up the historical violence and honor culture of the US South.

Areas of Expertise and Competency:

Philosophy of History/Historiography and Southern History: Nietzsche, Foucault, Danto, Hayden White, Wallerstein, with recent emphasis on Hegel. C. Vann Woodward, E.L Ayers, Orlando Patterson, and Eugene Genovese.

Other major philosophical and literary interests: Roland Barthes, Camus, Kafka, Faulkner, Melville, Ralph Ellison, James Agee, Saidiya Hartman, Zizek, and William T. Vollmann.

Carlos Garrido

B.A. - Loras College

My central philosophical base is that of Marxist thought, although I also have side interests in Hegel and Latin American decolonial philosophy. In terms of living philosophers, I enjoy the thought of Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Enrique Dussel, and Juan José Bautista Segales. My main goals in philosophy is not just to interpret or criticize the world, but to go beyond that and actively try to change it. In essence, to use philosophy to help people envisage more freeing and just alternatives.

David Gray

B.S. - Northern Illinois University
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

My current interests are in Scheler's phenomenology, particularly how Scheler's Value-Ethics and Personalism can be brought to bear on the problem of those experiences with an overflow of meaning or significance (e.g., the Other, per Levinas). My dissertation work is currently on an aspect of the overflow experience par excellence, bliss.

AOS: Schelerian Phenomenology

AOC: Early modern philosophy, Kant, early 20th century phenomenology, American pragmatism, ancient Chinese philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Time.

Cameron Gremillion

Micah Klareich

B.A. - Philosophy and Media Studies, Pitzer College
M.A. - Philosophy, University of Copenhagen

Dissertation Title: "Renewing Scheler's Call for Religious Renewal: The Educational Path to God as Response to the Crisis of the Capitalist Spirit"

Areas of Specialization:

  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • 19th- and 20th-Century Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Aesthetics, Value Theory, and Virtue Ethics
  • Social Ontology, Social Philosophy, and Personalism

Areas of Competence:

  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Kant
  • American Philosophy (Transcendentalism and Pragmatism)
  • Religious Studies (Comparative Religion)

Abiding Interests in Theology, Patristics, René Girard, Radical Orthodoxy, Critiques of Capitalism, and Post-Colonialism.

Andrii Leonov

B.A. - Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Dnipro, Ukraine
M.A. - Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Dnipro, Ukraine
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Fulbright Graduate Student Program)

Areas of Interest:

  • Pragmatism (Dewey, James)
  • Phenomenology (Husserl; early Heidegger (like B&T))
  • Philosophy of Mind (the mind-body problem, the hard and the meta-problem of consciousness; emergentism)
  • Metaphilosophy (philosophical methods; normativity; philosophical intuition)
  • Descartes (the mind-body problem; Cartesian method; origins of Cartesian intuition)
  • Life and Death
  • Philosophical translation

List of Publications:

Olakunle Moses

Les Murray

B.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

My interests in Philosophy currently include Ancient Philosophy, the History of Philosophy (especially the History of the Philosophy of Science, Math, and Medicine), Philosophy of Science, Environmental Philosophy (especially Environmental Ethics), Philosophy of Economics (especially related to sustainability), Metaphysics, Asian Philosophy, and Pragmatism. I plan to practice philosophy, grow as a person, and exchange Philosophic ideas with other curious souls.

Trent Oatman

Peter Owens

B.A. - Huntington University
M.A. - Loyola Marymount University

I primarily focus on philosophy of race and critical whiteness studies in philosophy from a Foucaultian perspective. I am interested in applying Foucaultian methodological approaches to problems and situations outside of his work. I also have research interests in Kant and his relationship to white epistemological structures, Plato, Hellenistic philosophers, and Marxism.

Ebraheem Safabakhsh

B.A. - University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
M.A. - University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
M.A. - New School University, New York, NY

For someone who is fascinated with the process more than achieving the outcome, it is quite hard to determine in a definite way the area of his studies. I am even scared of being determinate in this regard due to the possible losing of the chance for being open to other sources of philosophical inspiration. Having said this, I must say that my philosophical upbringing has been in phenomenology, mainly Husserl’s and Heidegger’s, and secondly, Merleau-Ponty’s and Levinas’s. Delving into the French school of phenomenology began to turn my attention to the way French philosophers have integrated Hegel’s phenomenology into the Husserlian and Heideggerian modes of phenomenology. The project, therefore, arising from my studies in New School for Social Research is an attempt to get to the distinctive character of French phenomenology due to its neighboring with the then prevalent Hegelianism of figures like Kojѐve, Koyre, Wahl and Hyppolite. Finally, the last strike in my path since I started my studies at Southern Illinois University has been the encounter with almost neglected philosophy of Josiah Royce, a strike so unexpected and unprecedented that I should admit that his account of time is way more penetrative and insightful than that of Husserl’s or Heidegger’s.

Asterios Stamatikos

Michael Timm