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    Marco Forgione

Marco Forgione
My main interests are in the history and philosophy of physics. More specifically, my dissertation focused on the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, Feynman diagrams, and on the history of modern quantum field theories. I am currently working on some philosophical aspects of quantum gravity. I investigate the problem of verification for theories that do not admit spacetime in their fundamental ontology and how to characterize geometrogenesis as a physical process.

AOS: Philosophy of Physics, History and Philosophy of Science
AOC: General philosophy of science, Logic, Ethics

Dissertation: History and Philosophy of Feynman's Electrodynamics: from the Absorber Theory of Radiation to Feynman Diagrams.
(Supervisor: Michael Stölzner)
"Feynman’s Space-time View in Quantum Electrodynamics." with Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 93, 136-148. (2022)
"The philosophical underpinning of the absorber theory of radiation." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 72, 91-106. (2020)

"Path Integrals and Holism." Foundations of Physics, 50(8), 799-827. (2020)

Marc Lange: Because Without Cause: Non-causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics (book review). Journal for General Philosophy of Science. (2018)

mike gregory

Mike Gregory
My interests are in Kant's political philosophy, particularly his concept of rights and state power. I also examine smaller historical figures surrounding Kant, including conservative reactions to Kant in the late 18th century. I am also interested in 20th century German legal philosophy, particularly the philosophy of Ernst Cassirer and Hans Kelsen. 
I am currently a Postdoc at the Law School at University of Edinburgh in the project "Democracy, Rights and the Rule of Law in a Data Driven Society" working on the Legal and Political Philosophy of AI.
Dissertation: Kant's Naturrecht Feyerabend and Kantian Republicanism.
(Supervosor: Pauline Kleingeld)
Project: "Kant, Kantianism and Morality" at the University of Groningen, Netherlands
"Kant’s Hylomorphic Formulation of Right and the Necessity of the State” (forthcoming) Kant-Studien.
“Kant and Rehberg on Political Theory and Practice” (2022) British Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (4): 566-588.
“Kant’s Duty to Make Virtue Widely Loved” (2022) Kantian Review 27 (2): 195-213.
“Whose Vocation? Which Being?: A.W. Rehberg on the Vocation of the Human Being and Political Theory” (forthcoming) in Studies in Modern German Philosophy: The Vocation of the Human Being. Edited by Courtney Fugate and Anne Pollok. Bloomsbury.
“Kant’s Naturrecht Feyerabend, Achenwall and the Role of the State”. (2021) Kant Yearbook 13 (1):49-71.
“History, Freedom, and Normativity in Cassirer”. (2021) In Anne Pollok & Luigi Filieri (eds.), The Method of Culture. Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy: pp. 167-192.

 Emily Matthias

Emily Mathias
Emily Mathias is a 2023 Bilinski Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Albion College and her Master of Arts in Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Her research interests are in social philosophy and philosophy of education. Emily has been active with the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support at USC by participating as the graduate student representative on the Title IX Implementation Group, working for Substance Abuse Prevention and Education, and interning for the Office of the Dean of Students. She has also published work on speech acts, been a guest lecturer for Legal Aspects of Higher Education course in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program, and participated in a presentation on the topic of freedom of expression at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 2023 conference.
Dissertation Topic: Resolving Conflicts of Commitment(Supervisor: Brett Sherman) 
Publications:"Groundwork for the Moral Evaluation of Speech Acts". Social Philosophy Today v.35, 2019, 129-142.

 Justin Price

Justin Price
My research analyzed the ontological assumptions made by scientists when they use models. I now apply this background to research and develop ontologies within the information technology industry. In this industry, an ontology is a formal (machine readable) theory that describes fundamental (domain specific) relationships/entities for the purpose of information management. A really brief way to describe how these get used is to 'upgrade' data into information with an implicit structure - i.e. with a table of employee data, with the right ontology, we can infer that each row is a person and they are unique, valuable inferences to be able to make algorithmically when you try to merge this table into a larger system or have millions of entries.
AOS: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Chemistry
AOC: Formal Logic, Metaphysics, Applied Ethics, Engineering Ethics, Philosophy of Technology
Dissertation:  Models in Scientific Inquiry, Knowing What We Don’t Know.
(Supervisor: Michael Dickson)

“Model Transfer and Conceptual Progress - tales from chemistry and biology.”  Foundations of Chemistry, 22, 43–57 (2020)

“Landing Zones - ground for model transfer in chemistry.” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science part A, 77,  21-28 (2019)

dustin sigsbee

Dustin Sigsbee
My primary research interests are in normative and applied ethics, with specific interests in the ethics of partiality, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. My dissertation focuses on the philosophical insights to be gained by extending the norms of partiality to non-human animals. You can read more about my research and teaching by visiting my website (link below). 
AOS: Normative Ethics, Animal Ethics, and Environmental Ethics
AOC: Biomedical Ethics and Logic
Dissertation: Partiality and Animal Ethics: Special Responsibilities to Animal Companions.
(Supervisor: Matthew Kisner)

“Parental Responsibility and Our Special Relationship with Animal Companions”, (forthcoming in The Journal of Value Inquiry).
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