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

María Bibiloni

Research: I did my Undergraduate studies at the National University of La Plata (Argentina). My final dissertation tackled the old debate between Semantics and Pragmatics in the Philosophy of Language. In 2018, I was awarded the Elphinstone Scholarship for doing my PhD at the University of Aberdeen. My current research focuses on topics related to verbal abuse and is supervised by Dr Stephan Torre within the Leverhulme International Network Grant "What's So Special about First-Person Thought?".


Back in Argentina, I worked as an educator in vulnerable social contexts which led me to dig deeper into long life concerns such as Education, Feminism, Ethics and Politics; all of which I try to blend with my academic interests.


When I’m not doing research, I enjoy playing and coaching basketball, being with other human beings and reading literature.

Beth Doran

Research: I have just graduated with my honours degree in philosophy at the University of Aberdeen in 2018 and I am now working on a PhD in Gender and Sport as part of the Elphinstone Scholarship award offered by Aberdeen uni. I am working primarily with Dr. Federico Luzzi and examining the ethical implications of segregating sport by sex - particularly questioning how sex-segregation is still permissible in sport when one might find this problematic in other contexts. I was drawn to this area of research above all else because of its immediate relevance and the level of debate that it inspires.

Outside of research I enjoy playing rugby and having a go at other outdoor sports, spending time with my friends and family, and judging people on Great British Bake Off while never attempting to bake for myself.

Ruben Endendijk

Research: My name is 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.

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.

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.

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 scepticism. 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. 

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. 

Alessio Persichetti

Research: My name is Alessio Persichetti, I was born in Rome (Rome) and I grew up in Tuscany, Italy. I received a B.A. (2012) and a Phil. Lic. in Philosophy (2014) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), plus a M.A. in Philosophy (2016) from Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Roma Tre University). 

My areas of specialization consist in Logic, Philosophy of Language and the History of Analytic Philosophy, in particular Wittgenstein and Frege; at the other hand, my secondary areas of competence are Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology. My PhD research, under the supervision of Dr Paula Sweeney, regards Wittgenstein’s Rule-Following paradox: my endeavour is to demonstrate how this sceptical paradox loses its force once correctly reframed under different assumptions. 


In my free time I enjoy playing chess, listening to jazz and reading books. 

Emily Stevens

Research: I’m from the state of Michigan in the US. I have acquired a BS in general psychology and an MA in analytic philosophy. My research interests are philosophy of technology, bioethics, enhancement technologies, and transhumanism on one side and philosophy of beauty, aesthetics, art theory, and modern/contemporary art on the other. I am currently researching philosophy of technology within a virtue ethics framework; I’m hoping to pull in a few contemporary artists to make visible the effects of technology on our perceptions. I am anticipating utilizing the work of Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella. When I’m not subsumed with research, I enjoy a good cup of dark roast coffee, playing roller hockey, reading a good novel, and being with friends (even if we are doing nothing but chatting).

Anthony Zirpoli

Research: I completed my Master’s degree at The New School for Social Research in Philosophy in 2014. Afterward, I spent several years surviving New York City, and then relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where I taught English grades 6-8 in the public school system for 2 years. I began working on my PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2018 under Dr. Beth Lord’s supervision. My current research examines the function of ‘commonality’ within Spinoza’s philosophy, with a specific focus on the ontological-political evolution of the concept.

Outside of my work on Spinoza, I am also interested in Contemporary Intersectional Feminism, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis, and various scientific fields. When not subsumed by research, I enjoy films, literature, board games, and expanding my collection of pocket watches.