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If you are interested in learning more about the Department from the perspective of current graduate students, please feel free to contact any of our graduate students.  Those listed below have volunteered to respond to questions from prospective graduate students.

Ben ClearyBen Cleary

I am a third year graduate student. I work on metaphysics, but I am also interested in the history of early modern philosophy and philosophy of language. In my free time, I enjoy hiking through nature or watching one more episode of something on Netflix. I also have a cat, Elanor.

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Preston LennonPreston Lennon

I am in my first year of the philosophy Ph.D. program here at Ohio State. Before coming to OSU, I got my B.A. from The University of the South and my M.A. from Virginia Tech, both in philosophy. I am mostly interested in the philosophy of mind. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about whether or not thoughts and other non-sensory mental states have their own phenomenal character, and if so, what this might tell us about our knowledge of our own thoughts. When not doing philosophy, I like to ride my bike around Columbus, hang out with my cat and fiancée, and have my heart broken by my favorite sports teams (Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets).

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Lavender McKittrick-SweitzerLavender McKittrick-Sweitzer

I am currently in my second year of the program.  I am primarily interested in political philosophy, specifically public reason and global justice. While at OSU, I’ve established a chapter of Minorities and Philosophy, and have taken on an active role at the Center for Ethics and Human Values as a GAA. Prior to attending OSU, I completed an MA in philosophy at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and a BA in philosophy at the University of Missouri – Columbia. In my free time, I enjoy watching women’s soccer and taking Grayson (my Aussie) to the park.

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Daniel OlsonDaniel Olson

I'm a second-year grad student primarily interested in the history and philosophy of science. I'm also interested in the history of analytic philosophy, particularly Wittgenstein. I'm from Rockford, Illinois and did my undergrad at Northwestern University. I like going dancing with Evan Thomas.

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McLeanBrian McLean

I'm in my eight year in the program. Before aattending OSU, I earned a BA from Central Michigan University.  My main interests are in metaethics and ethics.  In my spare time, I enjoy the many excellent (and quite cost-effective) bars and coffee shops around Columbus.