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Vilde Lid Aavitsland Vilde received her BA from the University of Oslo, Norway, and her MA from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. She originally came to DePaul University on a Fulbright Flagship Scholarship to write her MA thesis, in which she sought to develop a model of political judgment from Hannah Arendt's unfinished work on judgment. Her research interests are in social and political philosophy and 20th century continental philosophy. She is currently writing a dissertation on the concept of history in Michel Foucault’s thought.
Eric Aldieri Originally from Connecticut, Eric Aldieri earned his BA in Philosophy and Humanities from Villanova University and his MA in Philosophy from DePaul University. He is currently writing a dissertation on Deleuze’s reception of Spinoza, specifically its soteriological elements. His broader interests include 20th Century French Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Critical Theory. He currently serves as a Graduate Assistant to the SPEP Executive Committee.
Jessica Avery Jessica earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of New Mexico, where she completed an honors thesis on existentialism in Harry Potter. She received her M.A. in philosophy from DePaul University. Her primary areas of interest include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, philosophy of science, existentialism, philosophy of literature, hermeneutics, and philosophy of film. Jessica is particularly concerned with the intersection of philosophy and science, and her most recent work focuses on nihilism as it relates to science and technology.
Born and raised in Alabama, Ellery received his BA in Philosophy & Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His main interests include ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle), late antique Platonism (especially Plotinus), the Great Chain of Being, and the relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. Ellery’s ongoing dissertation project is an attempt to understand how the Many comes from the One in terms of emanation, and ultimately how this emanation again returns to its source. Outside of philosophy, Ellery enjoys pulp sword & sorcery novels, old-school heavy metal, and the music dramas of Richard Wagner.
Joseph Bermas-Dawes received his BA from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) in 2017 with a philosophy major, German studies minor, and concentration in critical theory. He is interested in modern and contemporary social and political philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the ontology of immanence. Joseph also works on ethical and political issues related to comedy and laughter. Outside of philosophy, Joseph enjoys cooking, playing video games, watching movies, and going on runs along Lake Michigan.
Joel BockJoel received his BA in philosophy from Colorado College, his MA in German Studies from Middlebury College, and his MA in philosophy from DePaul University. He has also participated in academic exchange programs through Maastricht University, the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is currently writing his dissertation on the concepts of work and leisure in the philosophies of Aristotle, Hegel, and Bernard Stiegler. His main research interests include the philosophy of technology, Ancient Greek philosophy, and 19th and 20th century German philosophy. Joel also works as a graduate writing tutor in DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning, and he enjoys traveling, hiking, watching basketball, and French cheeses.
Laura CamposLaura was born and raised in Austin, Texas and completed her BA in Philosophy and Classical Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research is focused on contemporary phenomenological approaches to questions about the soul and divine and human persons in Medieval and Ancient Greek philosophy.
Cameron CoatesCameron received his BA from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) and his MA in Philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago, IL). His research focuses on Greek philosophy (especially ontology, natural philosophy, and political theory). His dissertation investigates Aristotle’s ontology of life. Cameron’s research has appeared in Phronesis and in Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought.