‘APT’ Contributors

‘A Philosopher’s Take’ (APT) CONTRIBUTORS

Aaron Thomas-Bolduc
Aaron recently finished his PhD in philosophy at University of Calgary.  His dissertation is entitled, “New Directions for Neo-logicism”. He received both his Bsc (Physics and Philosophy) and his M.A. (History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Bristol. His interests lie in the Philosophy of Mathematics (especially Neo-logicism), Formal Theories of Truth,  the History of Analytic Philosophy, Logic and the foundations of Mathematics, and Metaphysics. He recently co-organized the fifth annual University of Calgary Graduate Philosophy Conference.  He is also interested in OER and open-access, and is involved in the remixing and maintenance of forallx: Calgary remix, an open logic textbook. Twitter: @A_Thomas_Bolduc

Adam Hayden
Adam is a philosopher of science, freelance writer and blogger, public speaker, and person living with brain cancer. In 2017 he received his M.A. in philosophy from Indiana  IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Adam sits on an advisory group with the National Brain Tumor Society, he co-moderates a monthly brain tumor Twitter-chat (), and he blogs at . Adam is married, with three young children and lives with his family in Indianapolis, IN.

Alison McConwell
Alison is a postdoctoral scholar working in the Suppes Center for History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford University. She recently worked as a postdoc at the University of Calgary as part of the From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics Project, and completed her PhD at UCalgary under the supervision of Marc Ereshefsky. Her main research areas are the philosophies of biology and science, and the philosophy of medicine. An overarching theme in her work includes an investigation of evolutionary contingency–a view about how evolution unfolds emphasizing chance, dependency conditions, and unique histories–as a platform for pluralism in different areas, such as biological individuality, major transitions in evolution, and cancer. Generally, she argues that contingency produces diverse biological entities, processes, and mechanisms, which can be categorized into a plurality of kinds. For more in depth descriptions of different research projects, please consult her Stanford profile, which includes other web links. Alison also has a passion for public safety issues concerning breed specific legislation, as well as researching and advocating on behalf of targeted bully breeds, such as “pit bull” type breeds. The issue is near and dear to her heart as it affects where she can live and work. She argues for evidence-based public policy making.

Brandon Beasley
Brandon is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Calgary. He holds a B.A. (Honours, First Class) in philosophy from the University of Calgary (2009) and a M.A. in philosophy from Dalhousie University (2010). Before beginning his PhD in 2014, Brandon spent several years outside of academia, working in politics and as a freelance writer. His research interests are focused on pragmatism, especially as an approach to reconciling normativity with naturalism in the philosophies of mind and language. He’s also interested in epistemology and the history of philosophy. You can find Brandon on Twitter @bebeasley.


Celso Neto
Celso is a PhD student at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary in 2016, he spent two years working as a PhD candidate at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany. He received both his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. (As you can notice, Celso is a someone who continuously moves to colder places!). His main research concerns Philosophy of Biology, General Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics. Additionally, he is deeply interested in Philosophy of Mind/Psychology, Philosophy of Language and Ethics.


Gordon Hawkes
Gordon is an M.A. student in Philosophy at the University of Calgary. His interests lie in the Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of Religion. Gordon has also served as the President of the Philosophy Graduate Student’s Association at the University of Calgary.

Jamie Lombardi
Jamie is a graduate student in the Philosophy Department at New York University (NYU) where she studies Bioethics. She also teaches philosophy at Rutgers University. Her areas of interest lie at the intersection of neuroethics and public policy. She can be found on twitter @euthyphro

James Digiovanni
James is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY. He works on personal identity, enhancement technologies, and other things that robots might enjoy. He was formerly a film critic and comic book editor, and has written a few stories that were published in tiny magazines, and a made a few films that were shown in tiny film festivals. His short video, “Kant Attack Ad,” gets played every election cycle in the hopes of preventing Prussians from taking over the U.S. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books, in a variety of places but most recently in the Southern Journal of Philosophy (Dec 2015). James also has a personal blog aptly titled “Popular Metaphysics” and can be found on twitter @jamesdig

Justin Caouette
Justin is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary. His general interests lie in  free will, ethics, applied ethics, metaphysics, action theory, philosophy of emotions, philosophical psychology, and social epistemology. Justin has an ongoing research program within the free will debate where he focuses on the moral ramifications of hard incompatibilism. He takes a Strawsonian approach to the reactive attitudes and argues that we would lose quite a bit if it turned out that we do not have free will. Currently, he is finishing up his dissertation tentatively titled “The Ethics of Enhancement” under the supervision of Walter Glannon where he defends a virtue approach to enhancement with a focus on concepts like ‘achievement’ and ‘cheating’ to better assess when certain enhancements should be considered morally permissible. For more on Justin’s work you can find a list of his publications and ongoing projects on his personal web page which can be found here and you can find him on twitter @justincaouette

Mike Steiner
Mike is a rogue philosopher, having left academia to pursue life in the corporate world. His academic background is a mix of business (B.Comm) and philosophy, with his PhD at UCalgary focused squarely on philosophy of science. He takes Hume’s problem of induction seriously, and favours a pragmatic, Goodman-esque account of natural kinds (as argued for in his dissertation). Mike has been working as a Business Analyst for a large energy infrastructure company since completing his PhD, and has written and presented on the very valuable skills that philosophers can bring to organizations outside of academia. He is continually investigating areas where business and philosophy intersect, and is currently interested in what companies really mean when they say they want (something, anything) to be “strategic.”


PAST CONTRIBUTORS (those who have not contributed in more than a year)

Ray Aldred
Ray is a PhD candidate at Mcgill University. He is interested in Neuroethics, Philosophy of Sex and Love, Bioethics, and the Philosophy of disability. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2013 with his M.A in philosophy under the supervision of Walter Glannon. Ray has recently presented his research at the Pacific APA Division Meeting in both 2015 and 2016. He was also interviewed  over at the Discrimination and Disadvantage blog by Shelley Tremain and that interview can be found here in it’s entirety. You can find Ray on twitter @Ray_Aldred

Lee Elkin

Lee received his PhD at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU in Munich in the Philosophy Department. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2013 with his M.A in philosophy. Before that he completed his B.A in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. His interests lie in Formal Epistemology, Epistemology, Practical Reasoning, Decision Theory, Time, Philosophy of Mind, Action Theory, Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Science, and Metaphysics. Lee has recently published some of his research in Nous and in The Reasoner. He recently accepted a post-doc position at the University of Paris. You can find Lee on twitter at @leelkin

David Boutland
 David  received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Calgary in August of 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Allen Habib. He received a B.A in both Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Lethbridge as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 2008 with his M.A in Philosophy. David’s primary interests lie in Political Philosophy and Ethics. He has taught courses in Business Ethics, Bioethics, Metaethics, Feminism, the Philosophy of Sex and Love, and Intro to Ethics. He has published an article in AJOB-Neuroscience and is currently working on a number of projects in business ethics, bioethics, and political philosophy. David is current an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary.

Niall graduated from the University of Calgary with an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Calgary in 2016.  He focused his Master’s Thesis on the philosophy of C.S. Peirce, the history of philosophy and the philosophy of mind. Niall is currently working on his JD from Dalhousie Univerity School of Law. 

Toni ‘Tak’ Alimi 
Toni is a graduate of Princeton University (13′). His primary interests are in Religion and Politics. Tak is originally from Texas but was last rumored to reside in New Jersey.

If you would like to contribute to the blog feel free to email Justin at aphilosopherstake (@) gmail.com and we can discuss your ideas. We are particularly looking for more female authors to diversify our posts.

2 Responses “‘APT’ Contributors” →
  1. Great to see that there is a group of wonderful Philosophers with a wide range of interests. I am excited to read this blog!! Looking forward for the posts.

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