Faculty and Staff
Expertise: Philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of science. Personal website.
Expertise: Metaphysics, history of philosophy, Kant.
Expertise: Metaphysics, epistemology, medical ethics. Personal website
Expertise: Immanuel Kant, moral philosophy, history of philosophy. Personal website
Expertise: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, cognitive science, history of philosophy, philosophy of science.
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Expertise: Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, early modern philosophy, metaphysics of perceptual experience and the nature of sensible qualities.
Expertise: Moral, social and political philosophy.
Expertise: Epistemology and Normativity. Personal website
- William Flesch, Professor of English
- Richard Gaskins, Professor of American Studies; Director, Legal Studies Program
- Sophia Malamud, Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics
- Eugene Sheppard, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought
I am a PhD candidate in the Harvard philosophy department. My research is in descriptive inner model theory and the foundations of set theory.
In real life, I'm an appellate criminal defense lawyer, filing petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, and arguing murder and other felony cases to state and federal courts within Massachusetts. But I love philosophy and teaching. For over a decade, I’ve taught legal philosophy, and other legal studies courses, at Harvard Summer School, Northeastern, and Brandeis. I was once an Assistant District Attorney in Boston, an Assistant Attorney General in New Hampshire, and a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Leon Panetta (who was later Secretary of Defense). My research interests within philosophy include theories of punishment, and privacy. But I am more generally interested in how, and whether, we can maintain a Rule of Law.
I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020. I work primarily in ethics, political philosophy, and moral psychology, although I also have research and teaching interests in meta-ethics, critical theory, 19th- and 20th-century Continental philosophy, and the philosophy of action. One of my current research projects argues for a certain conception of mutual recognition between persons as a foundational concept in moral philosophy and critical theory. A second project concerns the right to privacy and its applications to contemporary data science.
I am a passionate student and teacher of Philosophy. My passion for Philosophy is fueled by an insatiable curiosity to understand the mysteries of existence. While in my graduate studies I focused on Philosophy of Language and Mind, I have since expanded my Philosophical interests to other areas such as Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Meta-Ethical Questions about the nature of Normativity, and even ventured into Political Philosophy as well as the Philosophical foundations of Constitutional Interpretation. My maxim:
“Understanding comes first; there is always time for judgment!”
The Philosophy Department mourns Professor Tauber's passing on Feb. 15, 2021. See "In Memoriam."
Julie Seeger has served since 2004 as academic administrator for the philosophy department. Prior to joining Brandeis, she worked as a project manager at two computer software firms, Banta Integrated Media and Electronic Press Services Group.
Seeger is a graduate of Union College and holds a master's in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. In 2010, she received the Lou Ennis Staff Award, presented annually to an administrator who demonstrates loyalty and dedication to the university and goes above and beyond the requirements of the job.