I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, working in logic, history of analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics. In logic, my main interests are non-classical logics and proof theory. My historical interests lie mainly in the development of formal logic and historical figures associated with this development such as Hilbert, Gödel, and Carnap. In the philosophy of mathematics I have mainly worked on Hilbert’s program and the philosophical relevance of proof theory. I’m also interested, and actively working on, Open Educational Resources.
My research focuses on the so-called ‘gulf’ between ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ philosophy. I wrote a book about how it developed through particular encounters between representatives of each side (Frege and Husserl; Carnap and Heidegger; Ayer, Merleau-Ponty and Bataille; Merleau-Ponty and Ryle; Derrida and Searle). This has led me to an examination of the development of theories of meaning (and nonsense) in the twentieth century and to their metaphilosophical consequences, as well as to questions about the function of dialogue and polemics in philosophical exchange. Lately I’ve been considering the relation of philosophy to other disciplines, particularly to the arts (literature, music, architecture, design).
I am an educator, historian, and critic. I possess a doctorate in U.S. history from Loyola University Chicago, with specialties in cultural and intellectual history, as well as the history of education. That work resulted in a book, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). I co-founded both the U.S. Intellectual History Blog and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. Articles by me have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, American Catholic Studies, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, U.S. Catholic Historian, Public Seminar, and various encyclopedias. I am currently working on two book manuscripts—one on ‘great books cosmopolitanism’ and another on anti-intellectualism and ignorance in post-WWII America. On top of history and education, I also enjoy talking beer, Catholicism, politics, popular culture, and baseball. When I’m in an analytical mode, I tend, of course, toward historical thinking and qualitative (non-analytic) philosophy.
Ekin Erkan is a Turkish post-continental philosopher and media theorist living in New York City, notable for developing Bernard Stiegler’s work on “anti-entropy” and “psychopolitics,” as well as their long-term research on François Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy. Background Erkan’s work examines the collective closure between neural networks, predictive processing, and perceptual faculties as they relate to machine intelligence and algorithmic governmentality. Erkan studied Film and Media studies as a graduate student and has a background in both analytic and continental philosophy. Despite originally working within the continental tradition of philosophy of art, aesthetics and media, Erkan’s more recent work has been associated with the post-continental school of thinkers, influenced by philosophers such as Ray Brassier, Alexander Wilson, Reza Negarestani and Thomas Moynihan. Erkan is currently pursuing post-graduate study in Critical Philosophy at The New Centre for Research & Practice, researching under the tutelage of Iranian theory fiction pioneer Reza Negarestani while working on Bayesian neuro-inference and AGI. Erkan also is a columnist and critic at the art and literature journal AEQAI, publishing monthly contributions on contemporary art and intermedia. In addition to Erkan’s work on Stiegler and Rouvroy, Erkan has published writing on François Laruelle’s non-ethics and non-aesthetics, AI and creative non-calculation, Negarestani’s neo-rationalist turn, Catherine Malabou’s “neuroplasticity” and “creative non-calculation,” and post-Deleuzian film philosophy in publications including Cosmos & History, Alphaville, Cultural Studies, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Chiasma, Rhizomes, Labyrinth, Cultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice, Media Theory, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture and The Cincinnati Romance Review. Research Erkan is also currently working with Giacomo Gilmozzi on Bernard Stiegler’s United Nations 2020 World Summit initiative “Internation.World.” Erkan will be publishing a book on the collective closure between net.art, early digital utopianism, and the Marxist-Leninist Turkish hacktivist group Redhack in February 2019.
I work mostly on philosophy of mathematics and logic. I am also interested in OER, working on forallx: Calgary remix, an open logic textbook, and I’m a contributing editor at the blog A Philosopher’s Take.
I am a Ph.D. cadidate in English, Literary and Cultural Studies, at Carnegie Mellon University and I am also completing graduate training in digital humanities at the University of Victoria. I’m credentialed in book history, with area concentrations in printed books to 1800 and the scientific book, from the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. In the fall of 2017, I’ll research as a visiting scholar under Professor Simon Schaffer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Currently, I am completing my dissertation, Impolite Science: Print and Performance in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic, which I expect to defend in 2019. My most recent work on the intersection of Newtonian mechanics, chemico-medical science, and political theory in Tobias Smollett’s The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) is forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. My research and teaching interests include British and North American cultural and political history, 1660-1789, the print and performance cultures of eighteenth-century science, transatlantic studies, and digital humanities—the latter with a particular emphasis on network analysis and societal computing. To this end, my ongoing digital humanities project, Buying into Science, uses network analysis to model structural change in the scientific print trade from 1670-1800. I have built a database of producers and consumers of scientific print from the eighteenth century to support this project, harvesting data from subscription lists bound in scientific books, their front and back matter, ample modern resources such as the British Book Trade Index and the English Short Title Catalog, as well as biobibliographies published by P.J. Wallis and many scholars since. Generous grants and fellowships have supported my traditional research as well as my digital projects. I have received funding from the Smithsonian Institution; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Trinity Hall (Cambridge); Princeton University Libraries; the Huntington Library; the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (UCLA); the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Bibliographical Society of America; and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. In addition to recent public humanities work in exhibit development and curation for the Posner Center and Fine Arts Foundation, I have also published about my teaching. My recent article in Emerging Learning Design (2017) outlines classroom exercises that blend research methods from bibliography and book history with analytical methods from societal computing. In the past, I have taught gender studies, college composition, and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA, and its satellite campus in Doha, Qatar.
Juuso Tervo is currently working as a University Lecturer and the Director of University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. His research and writing combine historical, philosophical, and political inquiries in art and education, drawing from fields such as literary theory, poetics, theology, philosophy of education, and philosophy of history.
Dr Sandra Leonie Field is a political philosopher working at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. Her research investigates conceptions of political power and their implications for democratic theory. She approaches these themes through engagement with texts in the history of philosophy, especially Hobbes and Spinoza. More broadly, she teaches and is interested in political thought, theory, and philosophy, both historical and contemporary; moral philosophy, both Western and non-Western; and social theory.
Am a Philosopher and Independent scholar. Am devoted to private and independent research in philosophy, in the still sanctuary of solitude. I consider myself an Independent philosopher. Independently seeking more knowledge through autonomous learning in philosophy. My conception of philosophy is in tune with Socratic dictum ” philosophy as love of wisdom“. In the academic sense, I find inspiration from the continental traditional. I philosophize on a wide range of Philosophical issues and problems with keen interest in Metaphysics, German Idealism, Existentialism and Philosophy of Religion.