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MA Placement Information

Since 2002, over forty students have graduated from our department with an M.A. Philosophy.  Twenty-one of these former students continued their graduate education in Ph.D. programs across the country, while a good number of the graduates from our M.A. program leave academia to pursue other career paths.  Some, for instance, have earned certificates in education and are now teaching in high schools. 

Below we list the titles of the M.A. papers defended by the twenty-one students who pursued their doctorates after graduating from our program.  We also list their advisors and the schools at which continued their graduate education.  All the placements listed below were accompanied by full funding unless otherwise noted. 

In addition to the schools listed below, graduates from our M.A. program have also been accepted into Philosophy Ph.D programs at the New School for Social Research in New York City and the University of California – San Diego.

NOTE: This page was last updated in May 2017 and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.  We will continue to update the current positions of our graduates as information becomes available to us. 

Our Graduates

Placement

(Philosophy Ph.D. program with full funding unless otherwise noted)

Title and Year of M.A. Paper

Purdue University

Ph.D. Program

"“Normativity and Intersubjectivity in the German Idealist Tradition"" [2017]

Advisor:
Adrian Johnston

Emory University

"Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis: Towards a Politics of the Brain" [2016]

Advisor:
Adrian Johnston

Emory University

"Politics of Poisis: Postmodern Polysemy as World" [2015]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

University of South Florida

"Situating the Encounter with a Work of Art within Dasein's Ontological Structure" [2015]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

University of Montana, Forestry Ph.D. Program

"Environmental Philosophy" [2014]

Advisor:
Ann Murphy

DePaul University

"Tracing Historical Horizons through Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Emerson" [2014]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

Loyola University Chicago

"Kripke and Hegel on the Actual Ground of Modal Statements" [2012]

Advisor:
Paul Livingston

University of New Mexico

Earned Ph.D. in 2015

"Mathematized Truth: Badiou and Tarski" [2012]

Advisor:
Paul Livingston

University of Oregon

"Arguing About Silence: The Ineffable Ethic of the Resolute Wittgenstein" [2011]

Advisor:
Russell Goodman

Loyola University Chicago

"Spatiality and Attunements in Heidegger's Early Thought" [2011]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

University of Iowa, Ph.D. Program in Religious Studies

Earned Ph.D. in 2012

"Aesthetic Shock of the Divine: Plotinus and the Orthodox Christian Iconography" [2010]

Advisor:
John Bussanich

Fordham University

Earned Ph.D. in 2013

"Kant, Kierkegaard, and the Roots of Hope and Despair" [2007]

Advisor:
Andrew Burgess

Hired as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Principia College

"Strife and Death: Heidegger's Debt to Heraclitus" [2006]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

SUNY - Binghamton

Earned Ph.D. in 2013

"Suffering Tragedy: Hegel, Kierkegaard, and the Tragedy of Antigone" [2006]

Advisor:
Andrew Burgess

University of South Florida

Earned Ph.D. in 2011

"Living with Death: Kierkegaard and the Samurai" [2005]

Advisor:
Andrew Burgess

University of South Florida

Earned Ph.D. in 2012

"Schlegel and the Limits of Philosophy" [2005]

Advisor:
John Taber

University of South Florida

Earned Ph.D. in 2008

"Mourning Mourning Itself (on Derrida)" [2004]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

University of Nebraska

Earned Ph.D. in 2016

"The Problem of Psychologism in Wittgenstein's Tractatus" [2004]

Advisor:
Russell Goodman

Duquesne University

Left academia in 2004

"The Birth of Vitalism out of Pessimism: An Examination of Nietzsche's Break with Schopenhauer in the Birth of Tragedy" [2003]

Advisor:
Iain Thomson

Texas A&M

Earned Ph.D. in 2012

"Dewey, Ramos, and the Individual" [2002]

Advisor:
Fred Sturm

Florida State University

Ph.D. program in the Department of Religion

"Søren Kierkegaard and Paul Martin Möller and the Debate on Immortality" [2002]

Advisor:
Andrew Burgess