John Marvin, Workshop Coordinator
John Marvin is a first-year PhD student in Philosophy of Religions at the Divinity School. John studies the philosophy of mathematics (and areas for which it has important implications, like ontology) with attention to the broader context of intellectual history surrounding mathematical activity and the philosophy thereof. John’s research centers on the evolution of mathematics and the formalization of logic from the 19th century to the present alongside the development of such trends as the emergence of phenomenology, the divergence of analytic philosophy, and comparison of self-referential discourses across “mystical” texts and math/logic.
Tyler Neenan, Workshop Coordinator
Tyler Neenan is a third-year PhD student in Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His work is situated within a series of intersecting conceptions of the Real drawn from both Chinese and Western thought—most principally, Zhuangzi, Tiantai Buddhism, German Idealism, and Freudo-Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory. He is especially concerned with figures of self-division, self-relation, and self-contradiction as the generating points of a “something else” irreducible to simple finitude.
Rebekah Rosenfeld, Workshop Coordinator Emeritus
Rebekah Rosenfeld is a third-year PhD student in Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She studies the role of religious thought in the development of modern European philosophy. She is currently focusing on the history of dialectics and its intersections with Christian and Jewish thought.
William Underwood is a fifth-year PhD student in the Philosophy of Religions program at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He studies the relationship between modern European philosophy and American evangelical Christianity, in particular the adoption of philosophical critiques of modernity and secularism within contemporary evangelical networks. Recently, he has focused more closely on the reformulation of philosophical methods and aspirations as a response to a growing sense of political-historical catastrophe in post-war European milieus.
Daniel A. Arnold, Faculty Sponsor
Dan Arnold is Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Associate Faculty in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is a scholar of Indian Buddhist philosophy, which he engages in a constructive and comparative way. Considering Indian Buddhist philosophy as integral to the broader tradition of Indian philosophy, he has particularly focused on topics at issue among Buddhist schools of thought (chiefly, those centering on the works of Nāgārjuna and of Dharmakīrti). He is the author of Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2005), and Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia University Press, 2012). He is presently working on an anthology of Madhyamaka texts in translation, to appear in the series “Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought.”
Ryan Coyne, Faculty Sponsor