International Society For Philosophers

International Society
For Philosophers


The Board of the ISFP

The Board of the International Society for Philosophers is responsible for examining essay portfolios submitted for the Associate Award, as well as dissertations submitted for the Fellowship award. Successful portfolios and dissertations are archived permanently on the Pathways School of Philosophy Essays Page.

DAVID BELL (BA Trinity College Dublin, MA, PhD McMaster, Canada) joined the Department of Philosophy, Sheffield University after completing his postgraduate work in Canada. Before that he had also studied philosophy in Dublin and Göttingen. In recent years he has held visiting or honorary professorships in the Universities of Keele, Munich, and Leuven. He was awarded a British Academy Research Readership for the period 1993-95. In 1995-96 he was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study). He has recently been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Forschungspreis (research prize) for Philosophy. During 2001-02 he was President of the Mind Association.

TONY BELLOTTI gained a BSc honours degree in Computer Science with Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1987, a MSc in Knowledge Based Systems in 1991 and his PhD in computational learning applied to bioinformatics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006. He received an Associate Diploma of the Philosophical Society of England in 1999. He is currently working on statistical research in the Management School at the University of Edinburgh.

PIERS BENN received his PhD degree in philosophy for his thesis, 'On Human Death: its Nature and Significance' from Birkbeck College, University of London (1992). He has been lecturer at the University of Leeds, University of St Andrews, and Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London. His book Ethics (UCL 1998) is both an introduction into the subject and a substantive argument in favor of the neo-Aristotelian view of the objectivity of moral claims. He is a member of the British Humanist Association.

TONY BOESE holds a Master of Letters (Dist) in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews and a pair of Bachlor of Arts (Dist) degrees — one in Philosophy and one Political Science — from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Virginia, adjuncts on the side, and debates on weekends. Though early in his career, Tony has published a handful of articles ranging from a review of Hegelian themes in the Book of Genesis to a critical analysis of Plato's theory of time. He has also established a fledgling tradition of regular presenting beginning with the NUBC at Duke, roving though the UK and Canada presenting in Political Philosophy and Epistemology, and returning to the US for the APA-Pacific.

JOHN BRANDON gained a Diploma in Geology and Mineralogy from Halifax and Huddersfield Technical Colleges in 1953, following his demobilization from the British Army where he served in Germany after the end of the Second World War. Returning to study in the 70's, he gained a BA (Hons) from the Open University in Biology and Philosophy in 1976 followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Leeds University (1977), an MI Biol and C Biol from the Institute of Biology, and in 1983 a BA honours degree in Philosophy from the University of London. Now retired from school teaching, he has worked tirelessly to promote the study of logic and philosophy in schools.

PER AAGE BRANDT is a Danish writer, poet, and linguist. He holds a Master of Arts in Romance Philology from the University of Copenhagen (1971) and a Doctorate in Semiotics from the Sorbonne University (1987). He has published a large number of books on the subjects of semiotics, linguistics, culture, and music as well as poetry. He is currently Director of Center for Culture and Cognition Department of Cognitive Sciences, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Research in Cognitive Semiotics at Case Western Reserve University.

RACHEL BROWNE gained a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy from King's College London in 1990 and went on to University College London where she studied for an M.Phil for two years before switching to Postgraduate Diplomas in Law from Westminster University London and the College of Law London. Her ISFP Fellowship Dissertation 'Ethical Relations' looks at interconnections between the work of Melanie Klein and the philosophers Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas.

MATTHEW DEL NEVO studied creative writing at the Bezalel Institute in Jerusalem and philosophy of religion at the Hebrew University there. Coming to Australia in 1987, Matthew wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Sydney on Edmond Jabès' singular and unclassifiable writings, Le Livre des questions (in 7 volumes), Le Livre des ressemblances (in 3 volumes), Le Livre des limites (in 4 volumes). Matthew is currently lecturing within the Sydney College of Divinity.

HUBERTUS FREMEREY is a theoretical physicist who has worked as a computer software developer in the industry. In his philosophical work, he has sought to understand modern industrial and postindustrial society and state and its philosophical aspects indicated by such catchwords as 'progress', 'alienation', 'modernization'. He has contributed articles to Philosophy Pathways on the notion of a 'good society' and a critique of the 'two cultures' of scientists and humanists.

PEDRO BLAS GONZÁLEZ (B.A. University of Alabama; M.A., PhD DePaul University) is Professor of Philosophy at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, U.S.A. He has published six books: Human Existence as Radical Reality: Ortega y Gasset's Philosophy of Subjectivity; Essays in Subjectivity, Individuality and Autonomy; Unamuno: A Lyrical Essay; Ortega's 'The Revolt of the Masses' and the Triumph of the New Man; Dreaming in the Cathedral and Philosophical Perspectives on Cinema, and over two hundred Essays, articles, short stories and reviews. His philosophical interests include the relationship between essence and form in philosophy and literature.

MARTIN GOUGH is currently Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent. He was a researcher on various education projects at Leeds Metropolitan University, Warwick University, and Birkbeck, Institute of Education and University College London, following a term of office as General Secretary of the National Postgraduate Committee. He has been teaching more recently on the equivalent of the PGCHE at University College London, as well as accredited courses on professional development and on research for applied science students. Before that he taught Philosophy for Leeds, for Nottingham and for the Open University, while attaining his PhD on the question of The Self.

DENA HURST holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Stetson University and a master's degree and doctorate in Philosophy from Florida State University. She works as a project manager and researcher for the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University. She teaches philosophy courses, specifically applied philosophy courses, in the areas of feminism, philosophy of economics, political philosophy, philosophy of class, radical and revolutionary philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of technology. Dena is also associate editor of Philosophical Practice, the journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and a certified philosophical counselor through APPA. She has served as a Pathways mentor and guest editor for the online journal Philosophy for Business.

SANJA IVIC holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and a Doctorate in philosophy from University of Belgrade. She has published a large number of articles and two books on the subject of history of philosophy, European studies, political philosophy, ethics, and hermeneutics. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the American International Journal of Contemporary Research and editorial board member of the Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution. She has participating in various international philosophical projects. She is a Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies in Serbia. She is currently working on her postdoctoral project at the University Paris X Nanterre.

GEOFFREY KLEMPNER studied Philosophy at Birkbeck College, gaining a BA honours degree from the University of London in 1976, and went on to University College Oxford where he gained his B.Phil and D.Phil with a thesis on metaphysics and the philosophy of language. His book Naive Metaphysics: a theory of subjective and objective worlds was published in 1994.

JÜRGEN LAWRENZ gained BA honours (1st) in Philosophy from the Sydney College of Divinity and MA honours (1st) with a Thesis on Leibniz and Modern Cosmology. He has authored several books including The Nature of Reality and the Reality of Nature: A Study of Leibniz's Double-Aspect Ontology and Art and the Platonic Matrix. He has taught at government, private and university colleges in Sydney in philosophy, the history of ideas, the philosophy of science and art. He has a PhD in Philosophy from Sydney University.

SAMUEL MICHAELIDES gained a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2002. After his degree he worked as a press officer for the British Government. In 2005, he enrolled for the Pathways Philosophy of Mind program and in October of that year applied for a graduate place at the University of Reading, gaining an MA in Philosophy in 2006. He now plans to work his way around the world before returning to continue his PhD.

DAN O'BRIEN BSc (Hons) MA MPhil PhD is Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham University and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. His research is currently focused on the epistemology of testimony and Hume's philosophy of religion. His recent publications include An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (Polity, 2006), Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: A Reader's Guide (Continuum, 2006, with Alan Bailey) and Naturalism and the Philosophy of Mind (Mellen Academic, forthcoming 2007).

DMITRY OLSHANSKY Philosopher and interpreter. BA in Philosophy (Urals University, Russia), post-graduate student at the St. Petersburg State University. Active member of Russian Philosophical Society (2000) and member of Philosophical Society of England (2003). Russia editor of journal 'The Philosopher'. Author of 120 philosophical articles and essays, published in Russian, English and Czech, as well as translations into Russian of the works by John Dewey, William Golding, James Joyce, Jaques Derrida, and Umberto Eco.

NATHAN SINCLAIR gained his Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Sydney for his thesis, 'Empiricism and Philosophy' in 2009, having previously completed the M.Litt for his thesis, 'On Necessity and Representation'. A young philosopher at the start of his career, he has already published articles on Naturalism and on Philosophy and Science in the respected journals Metaphilosophy and Essays in Philosophy. Over the last three years, he has taught courses on ethics and epistemology, the history of Western philosophy, and critical thinking.

BRIAN TEE gained a BA honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in 2001, and completed his MA with a dissertation on Emmanuel Levinas in 2003. His PhD thesis topic is the phenomenology of evil and the possibility of forgiveness, looking at the work of Buber, Adorno and Derrida.



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