Our PhD students conduct research in a wide variety of subject areas--to find out more about their work click on the tabs below.

Christos Georgakakis

Research: My name is Christos Georgakakis and I come from Greece. I hold a Degree in Education (School of Primary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and an MA in Philosophy (King’s College, London). Before starting my PhD, I worked in primary and secondary schools in London and I am the recipient of the Elphinstone Scholarship for the study of Internalist and Externalist Theories of Epistemic Justification in Epistemology. My research, which is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Luca Moretti and Dr. Federico Luzzi, is focused on examining whether and how perceptual experiences can provide justification for beliefs which are based on them if it is true that perception can be influenced by non-perceptual factors, such as beliefs, fears and desires. Besides Epistemology, my areas of academic interest include Metaethics and Philosophy of Education. When I am not researching, I enjoy teaching, running and watching thought-provoking movies and TV series.

Alessio Persichetti

Research: My name is Alessio Persichetti, I was born in Rome and I grew up in Tuscany, Italy. I received a B.A. (2012) and a Licence in Philosophy (2014) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and a M.A. in Philosophy from Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Roma Tre University). My research focus consists in Logic, Philosophy of Language (meaning, reference, pragmatics and conventions) and the History of Analytic Philosophy, in particular Wittgenstein and Frege; at the other hand, my secondary areas of interest are Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology. My PhD research, under the supervision of Dr Paula Sweeney regards Wittgenstein’s Rule-Following paradox; in particular, the endeavour to give a new anti-skeptical and anti-Kripkean account of the problem, based on the notions of “intention” and “shared reasons”. In my free time I enjoy playing chess (and other board games), listening to jazz and reading books. 

Jonah Haddad

Research: My name is Jonah Haddad and I live in Lyon, France with my wife and our four children. A few years ago, while pursuing a B.A. in Religious Studies in Minnesota, I developed an interest in the relationship between theology and philosophy. This led me to Colorado where I earned an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary (2008). After this, I studied at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium where my Th.M. research in Theology focused on problems related to postmodern philosophical hermeneutics. Philosophy of religion and epistemology are my main areas of interest. My PhD research at Aberdeen is focused in the area of epistemology. I am investigating how pragmatic arguments, especially those pertaining to prudential offers, may be used as a possible response to some forms of skepticism. My research is being supervised by Dr. Federico Luzzi and Dr. Luca Moretti. I like to study, but I also like hiking, poetry, and listening to scorching guitar solos.

Jesse Hamilton

Research: I received an MA with distinction in philosophical theology from the University of Nottingham, where I studied under Simon Oliver. I am writing my PhD dissertation at Aberdeen under Stephan Torre and Donald Wood. My dissertation is a project in analytic philosophy of religion. It aims to lay a philosophical foundation for a theodicy from the perspective of Reformed theology, which operates within a compatibilistic framework, at least where moral responsibility is concerned. This project will have a significant philosophy of action component in addition to interacting largely with the 20th-century tradition in analytic philosophy of religion. 

I spent over seven years in China working with a non-profit organization and continue to be active in charity work throughout Asia from my home in the States. When not studying or otherwise occupied, I enjoy listening to my wife’s award-winning piano playing and observing my daughter’s latest art enterprise. I also dabble in poetry writing, at least when the weather turns. 

Sarah Hofrichter

Research: I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which gave me a deep interest in volcanology.  After working towards a double degree in meteorology and geophysics from the University of Oklahoma, I realised that differential equations and I would never get along, and ultimately received my BA in English – Creative Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013.  I completed my MA in English – Creative Studies (with Honours) two years later.  I graduated with an MLitt in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Aberdeen in 2016 (with Commendation).  My dissertation analysed the role of geomythology in Old Norse poetry ragnarök. 

Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy, funded by an Elphinstone Scholarship, and advised by Dr Paula Sweeney (Philosophy) and Dr Hannah Burrows (Scandinavian Studies).  My research looks at how Time is perceived and described in Old Norse (and to a lesser extent, Old English) poetry.  Of especial interest is the concept of mythogenesis and how it informs our understanding and perception of Time.

Kevin Olivier

Research: My name is Kevin Olivier, and I've recently moved to Aberdeen from Washington D.C. I hold a Bachelor of Philosophy (2012) from the University of Florida, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (2014) from the University of Groningen. I am the recipient of the Elphinstone Scholarship for the study of Knowledge from Non-Knowledge, and am conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Federico Luzzi and Dr. Luca Moretti. My research is focused on examining whether or not knowledge may be inferred from non-knowledge, as well as whether, and under what conditions, a conclusion can be known when one of its essential premises is Gettiered. My main philosophical interests lie in the fields of Epistemology, Logic, the Philosophy of Space and Time, and the Philosophy of Religion. When I'm not researching, I enjoy whitewater kayaking, urban exploring, cooking, improve acting, and playing guitar. 

Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril

Research: I hail from Val-des-Monts, Canada, and I hold a Bachelor of Philosophy (2014) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (2015) from the Dominican University College in Ottawa. I am the recipient of the Elphinstone Scholarship for “Spinoza, Political Affect, and Political Decision-Making” and I started my PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Beth Lord. My research focuses on the link between individual and collective power through the analysis of political affect in Spinoza and I aim to apply a Spinozist grid to the public health policies that structure patient participation in mental health services in the UK. When I am not musing about relational ontology, I enjoy cooking, swing dancing and singing wherever and whenever possible.

Ruben Endendijk

Research: My name Ruben Endendijk and I am from the Netherlands. I hold a Bachelor in Literary Studies (Utrecht University) and a Master (by research) in Comparative Literary Studies (Utrecht University). Currently I am pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Beth Lord (secondary supervision Ullrich Stegman). My research focusses on the relation between philosophy and institutional psychiatric and psychological practices. More specifically: I will use Spinoza’s philosophical framework of immanence and relation (the continental and/or French interpretation of his philosophy) in order to formulate a critique of and alternative to dominant, DSM based, therapeutical models and the consequential overmedicalization in mental healthcare. Besides my academic pursuits I love to work in my indoor garden and I have a part-time job in a bookstore. Because music says a lot about people: I love to listen to Bach and Bowie.

Davide Monaco

Research: I graduated from the University of Naples Federico II in 2012 with a thesis on Ernst Mach’s philosophy of science.  I started my PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2014 (Normativity Project Award Scheme) under Dr. Beth Lord’s supervision. I’m currently working on Spinoza’s theory of parallelism and monism and their relation: my research focuses on the compatibility of different interpretations of parallelism and their coherence with Spinoza’s concept of the uniqueness of substance, and it is carried out in a theoretical and historico-philosophical perspective. In addition I investigate Spinoza’s theory of causality and knowledge, given that it proves to be essential for the grounding of the systematic relation between monism and parallelism.  I’m also interested in other conceptions of monism (e.g. Haeckel, Mach) and parallelism (e.g. Fechner, Wundt, Mach). Besides early modern philosophy, my areas of interest include continental philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science and German philosophy of the 19th century.

Peter Hartl

Research: I graduated with a Masters’ degree at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 2006. I completed my MLitt at St Andrews University in 2013. I have been a PhD student at Aberdeen since 2013. My current research explores Hume's philosophy of religion and his experimental method. My thesis provides a novel interpretation of Hume's criticism of institutional religion and natural theology in the context of his empiricist and sceptical philosophical methodology.

I am also interested in philosophical methodology and contemporary epistemology. My paper ("Modal scepticism, Yablo-style conceivability and analogical reasoning") has been published in Synthese, one of the most prestigious journals in epistemology and philosophy of science. (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11229-015-0759-4)

Joy Price

Research: My name is Joy Price and I am from North Carolina, USA.  I am married and have three children. I completed an MLitt in Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen, and am currently pursuing a PhD under Franz Berto in the area of metaphysics.  My academic interests primarily lie in metaphysical philosophy as well as theology (I am also working on a Masters’ degree in theology in the US from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary). My project focuses on Thomas Aquinas' philosophical and theological use of the goodness of God and how this was received by his contemporary audience.  I am also receiving secondary supervision from the divinity department.  When I am not researching philosophy, I enjoy a steeping hot cuppa British breakfast tea.