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Stafford Davis

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MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018-
BA, Philosophy, English Literature (minor)
University of Colorado Denver, Summa Cum Laude

Areas of interest: aesthetics, philosophy of literature, critical theory,
philosophy of language, subjectivity, creativity.

 

 

Justin Hill

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MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
BA, Philosophy, Sociology (minor),  2019
University of Houston-Downtown, Summa Cum Laude

Areas of interest: Spinoza, Marx, Walter Benjamin, Julia Kristeva, Deleuze,
Critical Theory, philosophy of history, ideology and epistemic-political affect
theory (i.e. belief and agency), historical and communitarian theories of  the
Self, critical (sociopolitical) aesthetics, the possibility of critique, Marxist
hermeneutics, materialism, critical history of philosophy and weak Messianism
(i.e. reinterpreting canon as a form of social critique).

My work focuses on Spinozan epistemic-political affect theory and other
desubjectifying and communitarian theories of the Self. I am primarily interested
in better understanding and explicating the mechanisms of social critique through art and media, all in pursuing
what I often refer to as the possibilities of critique and of social progress. I also approach these questions in my
work through the avenues of historically-grounded ideology critique and of Marxist hermeneutics.

   

Nicholas Raffel

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MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
BA, English and Philosophy (minor), Stony Brook University, 2018, Summa Cum Laude

Areas of interest: aesthetics, Buddhist philosophy, illness and death, the
everyday and the ordinary, madness, mysticism, phenomenology, philosophy of
literature and literary theory, poetics and pragmatism

 

MaTTHEW tAIBI

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MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
BA, Economics, Philosophy (minor), Applied Mathematics (minor),  
Stony Brook University, 2015

Areas of interest: aesthetics, critical theory, ethics, psychoanalytic criticism.

 

 

luis vega

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MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018-
BA, Philosophy, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017
BA,  Sociology , Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017