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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.
Ellery BeardBorn and raised in Alabama, Ellery received his BA in Philosophy & Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation is a study of emanation in Plotinus, including its precursors in Plato and Aristotle and its afterlife in modern philosophy. He is also a fourfold division of nature respecter (Uncreated Creator, Created Creator, Created Non-Creator, Uncreated Non-Creator). Outside of philosophy, Ellery enjoys pulp sword & sorcery novels, old-school heavy metal, and the music dramas of Richard Wagner.
Joseph Bermas-DawesJoseph 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.
Harrison Brennan Harrison received BA degrees in philosophy, economics, international politics, and Asian studies from the Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in the intersection of metaphysics, the philosophy of technology, and political philosophy within 20th century continental thought, specifically within the work of Deleuze, Foucault, and Heidegger. Harrison’s recent work focuses on control societies, temporality, and algorithmic modulations of the future.
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.