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Alyssa Walker

Ph.D. Student
Newcomb 107


B.A. in Philosophy, DePaul University, 2016
B.A. in English, Creative Writing, DePaul University, 2016


Academic Interests

My current research focuses on the architecture of the imagination and how this can illuminate the intuitions generated by thought experiments in personal identity. I am interested in topics such as the following:

  • Metaphysics: Concepts; analyticity and the a priori; personal identity; process philosophies (esp., Hegel, Whitehead, Pierce)

  • Mind: Historical and contemporary perspectives on imagination (esp., Hume, Husserl, Sartre; Gendler, Kind, Leeuwen, Langland-Hassan)

  • Perception: Nonconceptual experience and cognitive penetration

  • Epistemology: Thought experiments; the relationship between knowledge and understanding