Jessi Addison

Jessi Addison

"I was born in Perth, Western Australia, and moved with my family to the U.S. not long thereafter. I did my undergraduate work at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where I double-majored in philosophy and anthropology.

I came to Brandeis with a primarily continental background in the subject, and it was there that I began to develop what are now my primary research interests: epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language. I enjoyed the time I spent learning from Beri, Eli, and Jeremy especially, as the courses they offered during my time at Brandeis became formative to my understanding of many of the topics I now deal with on a much more regular basis, and each of them was kind enough to contribute a great deal to my development as a philosopher and an academic writer.

Of less obvious bearing on my philosophy, I made a number of friends at Brandeis, some of whom I am still in regular contact with. We have been flung to all corners of the country since our time in the same classrooms, but these relationships too were important to me during my time at Brandeis, and continue to be important as I move forward. Philosophy is, in some ways, a social activity, and I came to appreciate through these friendships the added value of thinking with people who care about it just as much as I do.

I have since started in the PhD. program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and while I cannot say with certainty where my research will end up taking me or what I’ll specialize in, I know that in any case, the foundations I was able to build at Brandeis, under the guidance of those faculty members and beside those friends, will serve me well."