Department of Philosophy, MA Graduates

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Department of Philosophy, PhD Graduates


Nevim Borçin
Graduated: 10 November 2023
Supervisor: István Bodnár
Examiners: Dorothea Frede (University of Hamburg), Cathy Mason (CEU)
Thesis title: The Theoretical Underpinnings Of Aristotle's Practical Philosophy

Ali Kerem Eroglu
Graduated: 3 October 2023
Supervisor: Tim Crane
Examiners: Christoph Hoerl (Warwick University)Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU)
Thesis title: How to Experience Time and Space: Essays on Perceptual Phenomenology

Valentina Martinis
Graduated: 29 September 2023
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Michelle Montague (University of Texas), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis title: Perceiving and Thinking: Inquiry into two Types of Phenomenology


Nikhil Mahant
Graduated: 19 December 2022
Supervisor: Tim Crane
Examiners: Zoltan Szabo (Yale University), Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU)
Thesis title: Names are Words

Ruben Noorloos
Graduated: 15 December 2022
Supervisor: Michael Griffin
Examiners: Martin Lin (Rutgers University), Katalin Farkas (CEU) 
Thesis title: Mind-Body Parallelism and Spinoza’s Philosophy of Mind

Jamie Elliott
Graduated: 24 October 2022
Supervisor: Tim Crane
Examiners: Adrian Haddock (University of Stirling), David Weberman (CEU)
Thesis title: Anscombe and 'I': A New Interpretation and Analysis of Elizabeth Anscombe's 'The First Person' (1975)

Marta Santuccio
Graduated: 21 June 2022
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Daniel Stoljar (Australian National University), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis title: Looking at the World with Fresh Eyes: The Perspectival Neutral Monism Model
Zsolt Kapelner
PostdocUniversity of Tromsø
Graduated: 17 January 2022
Supervisor: Zoltán Miklósi
Examiners: Daniel Viehoff (NYU), János Kis (CEU)
Thesis title: Ruling together: An account of the value of democracy


Zlata Bozac
Graduated: 7 September 2021
Supervisor: Zoltán Miklósi
Examiners: Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (University of Aarhus), Andres Moles (CEU)
Thesis title: There’s Me, There’s You, and There’s Us: Separateness of Persons, Contractualism, and Their Role in Establishing a Distributive Principle

James Cartlidge
Post-doctoral Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Graduated: 28 June 2021
Supervisor: David Weberman
Examiners: Stephen Mulhall (University of Oxford), Tim Crane (CEU)
Thesis title: Interpreting and Developing Heidegger's Analysis of Dasein as Philosophical Anthropology, with a Focus on the 'Revelatory Moods' of Anxiety, Boredom and Joy

Damjan Aleksiev
Institute Vienna Circle, University of Vienna
Graduated: 17 June 2021
Supervisor: Tim Crane
Examiners: Hedda Hassel Mørch (Inland Norway University), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis title: Explanatory Gaps against Physicalism and Panpsychism


Zhiwei Gu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Fudan University, Shaghai
Graduated: 14 December 2020
Supervisor: Hanoch Ben-Yami
Examiners: Keith Allen (University of York, UK), Tim Crane (CEU)
Thesis title: Naïve Realism is Not Naïve

Michele Luchetti
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin
Graduated: 25 March 2020
Supervisor: Maria Kronfeldner
External Associate Supervisor: Flavia Padovani (Drexel University)
Examiners: Eran Tal (McGill University), Marcel Weber (University of Geneva)
Thesis title: Scientific Coordination beyond the A Priori: A Three-Dimensional Account of Constitutive Elements in Scientific Practice


David Bartha
Humboldt Research Fellow for Postdoctoral Researchers, Humboldt University of Berlin
Graduated: 6 December 2019
Supervisor: Michael V. Griffin
Examiners: Tom Stoneham (University of York), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis title: God, World and Archetypes: A Voluntarist Interpretation of Berkeley's Philosophy

Garrett Mindt
2022: Assistant Professor, Center for the Future of the MindFlorida Atlantic University
2020: Elizabeth R. Koch Research Fellow for Tiny Blue Dot Consciousness Studies, Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Graduated: 18 November 2019
Supervisor: Tim Crane
Examiners: Kelvin McQueen (Chapman University), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis title: Reducing Uncertainty Understanding the Information-Theoretic Origins of Consciousness

Magdolna Nyulászi
Graduated: 25 June 2019
Supervisor: István Bodnár
Examiners: Brad Inwood (Yale University), David Sedley (University of Cambridge)
Thesis title: Logos, Motion, God and Pneuma: The Metaphysics of Natural Bodies in Early Stoic Philosophy


Yuliya Kanygina
Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund Gothenburg Responsibility Project
Graduated: 29 October 2018
Supervisor: Andres Moles
Examiners: Brad Hooker (University of Reading), Tim Crane (CEU)
Thesis Title: What We Owe to Ourselves: An Essay on Duties to Oneself

Matthew Baxendale
Graduated: 12 July 2018
Supervisor: Maria Kronfeldner
Examiners: Miles MacLeod, (University of Twente), Angela Potochnik  (University of Cincinnati)
Thesis Title: Levels of Organisation in Scientific Practice

David Bitter
Graduated: 11 May 2018
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh), Pierre Jacob (CEU & Institut Jean Nicod)
Thesis Title: Cognitive Impenetrability of Low-level Perceptual Features


Holger Thiel
Graduated: 17 October 2017
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Barry Dainton (University of Liverpool), Philip Goff (CEU)
Thesis Title: The Special Phenomenal Composition Question

Edi Pavlovic
Postdoctoral Researcher, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwid Maximilian University of Munich
Graduated: 26 May 2017
Supervisor: Hanoch Ben-Yami
Examiners: Sara Negri (University of Helsinki), Norbert Gratzl (Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München)
Thesis Title: The Quantified Argument Calculus: An Inquiry into Its Logical Properties and Applications

Florin George Călian
Graduated: 31 March 2017
Supervisor: Gábor Betegh (Cambridge University & CEU)
Examiners: John Dillon (University of Dublin), István Bodnár (CEU)
Thesis Title: From One to one, to many: Parmenides 142b–144b

László Kajtár
Graduated: 27 March 2017
Supervisor: David Weberman
Examiners: Stacie Friend (University of London), Peter Lamarque (University of York)
Thesis Title: Philosophical Issues in the Study of Narrative

Attila Hangai
Graduated: 16 March 2017
Supervisor: István Bodnár
Examiners: Frans de Haas (Leiden University), Victor Caston (University of Michigan)
Thesis Title: Alexander of Aphrodisias on phantasia: An Aristotelian account of mental representation in 2nd-3rd centuries CE

Işik Sarihan
Graduated: 5 January 2017
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis Title: The Internalist-Intentionalist Research Program: Towards a New Paradigm for an Analysis of Consciousness and Mental Content


Máté Veres
Postdoctoral Fellow, Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, University of Toronto
Graduated: 11 November 2016
Supervisor: Gábor Betegh
Examiners: David Sedley (Cambridge University), Tad Brennan (Cornell University)
Thesis Title: Sceptical Argumentation and Philosophical Theology: Topics in Hellenistic Philosophy

Attila Mráz
Assistant Professor, Institute of PhilosophyEötvös Loránd University
Election monitoring program coordinator, Political Freedoms Project, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Graduated: 3 October 2016
Supervisor: Zoltán Miklósi
Examiners: Daniel Viehoff (The University Sheffield), János Kis (CEU)
Thesis Title: Competence and Equality: An Essay on Competence and the Right to Vote

Münir Cem Kayaligil
Instructor, School of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Atılım University, Ankara
Graduated: 1 August 2016
Supervisor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Examiners: Arnon Levy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Maria Kronfeldner (CEU)
Thesis Title: Against Mechanismic Realism: A Study on Mechanistic Explanation

Damir Čičić
CEU Global Teaching Fellow, Univates University
Graduated: 1 June, 2016
Supervisor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Examiners: Paul Russell (University of British Columbia & University of Gothenburg), Howard Robinson (CEU)
Thesis Title: Free Will and Rationality: A defense of the view that free and responsible agents can perform only the right actions for the right reasons

Anton Markoč
Assistant Professor, American University of Central Asia,
Graduated: 30 May, 2016
Supervisor: János Kis
Examiners: Victor Tadros (University of Warwick), Simon Rippon (CEU)
Thesis Title: It's Not the Thought that Counts: An Essay on the Irrelevance of Intentions to the Moral Permissibility of Actions

Elena Popa
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Flame University
Graduated: 7 January, 2016
Supervisor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Examiners: Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam), Maria Kronfeldner (CEU)
Thesis Title: Causation as Manipulability and Temporal Direction


Gergő Somodi
Graduated: 19 November, 2015
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Manuel García-Carpintero (LOGOS, University of Barcelona), Zsófia Zvolenszky (ELTE)
Thesis Title: A Perlocutionary Account of Metaphors

Viktor Ilievski
Postdoc, Proteus, Departament de Filosofia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Research Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH), Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), University of Bucharest
Graduated: 21 May, 2015
Supervisor: István Bodnár
Associate supervisor: Gábor Betegh
Examiners: Jakub Jirsa (Charles University), George Karamanolis (University of Vienna)
Thesis Title: Plato’s Theodicy and the Platonic Cause of Evil

Nenad Petkovic
Graduated: 11 May, 2015
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Howard Robinson (CEU), Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa (University of British Columbia),
Thesis Title: Lucid Dreams and Dream Skepticism

Daniel Kodaj
Assistant Professor, Institute of PhilosophyEötvös Loránd University
Graduated: 1 March, 2015
Supervisor: Howard M. Robinson
Examiners: Philip Goff (CEU), Barry Dainton (University of Liverpool)
Thesis Title: A defense of idealism


Zsuzsanna Balogh
Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Graduated: 22 September, 2014
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: David Weberman (CEU), Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
Thesis Title: Senses of self and senses of the body; Phenomenological aspects of self- and bodily awareness

Orsolya Reich
Advocacy Officer at Civil Liberties Union for Europe
Former Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at Uni Bayreuth
Graduated: 25 June, 2014
Supervisor: János Kis
Examiners: Zoltan Miklosi (CEU), Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus University)
Thesis Title:Equality of resources: a New Account

George Tudorie
Assistant Professor, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest
Graduated: 24 March, 2014
Supervisor: Hanoch Ben-Yami
Examiners: Christoph Heinz (CEU), Pierre Jacob (Institute Jean Nicod)
Thesis Title: Margins of Psychology


Anna Réz
Assistant Professor, Institute of PhilosophyEötvös Loránd University
Graduated: 27 November, 2013
Supervisor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Examiners: Simon Rippon (CEU), Saul Smilansky (University of Haifa)
Thesis Title: Responsibility as Attributability: Control, Blame, Fairness

Maria Alina Asavei
Lecturer, Department of Russian and East European Studies, Faculty of Social SciencesCharles University , Prague.  
Graduated: 25 November, 2013
Supervisor: David Weberman
Examiners: Jean-Louis Fabiani (CEU), Gerald Raunich (Zurich University of Arts)
Thesis Title: Political-Critical Art and Aesthetics

Robert Arnautu
Post-doctoral Fellow, Descartes Project, New College Europe
Graduated: 14 November, 2013
Supervisor: Hanoch Ben-Yami
Examiners: Michael V. Griffin (CEU), Don Garrett (NYU)
Thesis Title: Early Modern Philosophy of Technology. Bacon and Descartes

Serban Popescu
Acting Director of Field Offices at the U.S. Committee for Refugees
Graduated: 29 May, 2013
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU), Vojislav Bozickovic (University of Belgrade)
Thesis Title: The Description Theory of Names

Mojca Küplen
Visiting Assistant ProfessorHuman Studies, Alfred University
Graduated: 27 May, 2013
Supervisor: David Weberman
Examiners: Michael V. Griffin (CEU), Christel Fricke (University of Oslo)
Thesis Title: The Problem of Ugliness in Light of Kant's Aesthetics

Cecilia Lippai
Graduated: 22 May, 2013
Supervisor: David Weberman
Examiners: Alan Watt (CEU), Martin Drethen (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Thesis Title: Towards a Pluralistic Ontology of Environments A Phenomenological Perspective

Alexandra Varga
Research Assistant, Justus-Liebig Universitat, Giessen
Graduated: 22 March, 2013
Supervisors: Gergely Csibra and Gyorgy Gergely
Examiners: Pierre Jacob (Institut Jean Nicod), Keith Stenning (University of Edinburgh)
Thesis Title: A Formal Model of Infants? Acquisition of Practical Knowledge from Observation

Urska Mavric
Graduated: 13 March, 2013
Supervisor: Zoltan Miklosi
Examiners: János Kis (CEU), Cara Nine (University College Cork)
Thesis Title: Rethinking the Right to Secession: A Democratic Theory Account 


George Turturea
Graduated: 20 June, 2012
Supervisor: János Kis
Examiners: Andres Moles (CEU), George Klosko (University of Virginia)
Thesis Title: Can Independent Reasoning Help Provide a Solution to the Problem Of Political Obligation?


Zoltan Wagner
Graduated: 14 November, 2011
Supervisor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Examiners: Zoltan Miklosi (CEU), Stefaan Cuypers (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Thesis Title: Reflectivity, Caring and Agency 

Marina Bakalova
Associate Professor, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
President of the Bulgarian Society for Analytic Philosophy
Graduated: 07 June, 2011
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Nenad Miscevic (CEU/Maribor), John Greco (Sant Louis University)
Thesis Title: Knowledge as Success from Ability

Laura-Janett Vasile
Graduated: 17 March, 2011
Supervisor: János Kis
Examiners: Andres Moles (CEU), Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin)
Thesis Title: Moral Disagreement and Moral Indeterminacy

Ákos Brunner
Graduated: 28 January, 2011
Supervisor: Gabor Betegh
Examiners: Brad Inwood (University of Toronto), David Sedley (University of Cambridge)
Thesis Title: "Totas Paginas Commovere?"


Mircea Cucu
Graduated: 15 November, 2010
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU), Tim Crane (University of Cambridge)
Thesis Title: A Study on Mental Causation: The Problem of Causal Exclusion

Milosz Pawlowski
Graduated: 08 October, 2010
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU), Marya Schechtmann (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Thesis Title: The Irreducible Self. A Consciousness-Based Account.

Boris D. Grozdanoff
Associate Professor, Logic and Philosophy of Science
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Epistemology and Ontology Department;
Visiting Associate Professor, Philosophy of Science
Technical University Sofia, English Faculty
Graduated: 17 June, 2010
Supervisor: Nenad Miscevic
Examiners: Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU), James Robert Brown (University of Toronto)
Thesis Title: A Priori Principles and Scientific Knowledge

Zsolt Novák
Graduated: 5 July, 2010
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Nenad Miscevic (CEU), James McAllister (Leiden University)
Thesis Title: A Priori Truth in the Natural World: A Non-Referentialist Response to Benacerraf's Dilemma

Ksenija Puskaric
Teaching Fellow, Seton Hall University, New Jersey
Graduated: 15 June, 2010
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Howard Robinson (CEU), Alvin Plantinga (University of Notre-Dame)
Thesis Title: The Skeptical Challenge: A Cartesian Approach

Monica Jitareanu
Golbal Partenrship Officer at CEU ACRO
Graduated: 08 June, 2010
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Howard Robinson (CEU), Benj Hellie (University of Toronto)
Thesis Title: "Being about the World" - An Analysis of the Internationality of Perceptual Experience

Maria Trofimova
Head of Graduate School Office, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Graduated: 29 April, 2010
Supervisor: David Weberman
Examiners: Nenad Miscevic (CEU/Rijeka), Dieter Lohmar (Husserl Archiv, Köln)
Thesis Title: Edmund Husserl's Anti-Psychological, Transcendental, and Omnitemporal Theory of Meaning: A comparative Study

Maja Malec
Regular Faculty, Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana
Graduated: 23 March, 2010
Supervisor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Examiners: Michael V. Griffin (CEU), Edward Jonathan Lowe (Durham University)
Thesis Title: The Essential/Accidental Distinction in Contemporary Metaphysics – The Modal and Definitional Characterizations


Ludmila Olszewska
Defended: 18 September, 2009
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Katalin Farkas (CEU), Ted Sider (NYU)
Thesis Title: Mereological nihilism

Péter Rauschenberger
Graduated: July 17, 2009
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU), Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU), Thomas Pink (King's College London)
Thesis Title: East of Walden Two: A Defense of Liberterian Freedom

Nora Grigore
Graduated: June 11, 2009
Supervisor: Nenad Miscevic
Examiners: Michael Beaney (University of York), Jaroslav Peregrin (Charles University, Prague)
Thesis Title: On the Informative Character of Analytic Knowledge: A Study of Frege's Definition of Number


András Szigeti
Senior Lecturer, Department of Culture and Society, Linköping Univeristy
Graduated: February 22, 2008
Supervisor: János Kis
Examiners: Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU), Paul Russell (University of British Columbia)
Thesis Title: The Value of Responsibility


Andra Lazaroiu
Graduated: March 14, 2007
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Katalin Farkas (CEU), Timothy James Mawson (University of Oxford)
Thesis Title: Personal Identity


Judit Szalai
Associate Professor, Institute of PhilosophyEötvös Loránd University
Graduated: November 7, 2006
Supervisor: Katalin Farkas
Examiners: Michael V. Griffin (CEU), Ronald de Sousa (University of Toronto), Gábor Boros (ELTE),
Title: Dualism and Psychophysical Phenomena in Descartes

Jakub Jirsa
Senior Lecturer at Charles University Prague, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Graduated: July 17, 2006
Supervisor: Gábor Betegh
Examiners: István Bodnár (CEU), Filip Karfik (Charles University, Prague), David Sedley (University of Cambridge)
Thesis Title: The Ethics of Self-knowledge in Plato`s Dialogues


Anca Gheaus
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, CEU
Graduated: June 21, 2005
Supervisor: Petr Lom
Examiners: János Kis (CEU), Howard Robinson (CEU), Susan James (University of Cambridge)
Thesis Title: Care and Justice: Why They Cannot Go Together All the Way

István Aranyosi
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University
Graduated: February 11, 2005
Supervisor: Howard Robinson
Examiners: Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU), David Chalmers (Australian National University)
Thesis Title: Physicalism and Consciousness. A Defense of Commonsense Functionalism