People

Visiting Professor

Gábor Betegh is professor at the Philosophy Department of the Central European University. He studied at Eötvös University in Budapest, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and at the University of Cambridge. He works on ancient philosophy, in particular on ancient metaphysics, cosmology and theology.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    Tibor Bárány works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ’What it is to be human?’ project. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from Eötvös Loránd University in 2012. He works on the philosophy of language and the philosophy of art. His research areas include linguistic intensionality (and its connection with perspectivalness of human cognition), figurative language uses and definitions of art.

  • Zsolt Bátori is an associate professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He earned his PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University. He works in philosophy of art and aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of communication.

  • Research Fellow

    Ryan Cook is a research fellow in the Human Project, and a current Ph.D. student at Princeton University. He works in all periods of Ancient Philosophy, and is currently most interested in Ancient Metaphysics and Psychology. His dissertation, "Aristotle on Psychic Subjecthood and Explanation," explores the relationship between Aristotle's conception of the soul and his understanding of various cognitive and intellectual processes. lt be will defended in Spring 2014.

  • Professor

    Katalin Farkas is a professor of philosophy in the Central European University. She studied mathematics and philosophy at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She is interested in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, skepticism, and Descartes. She is on research leave in the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16.

  • My dissertation is about the philosophy of storytelling. More specifically, it is a phenomenological inquiry about what stories are, what narratives are, why we produce them and how we comprehend them. It deals with the philosophy of literature, of fiction and of narrative as well as the philosophy of personal identity. I'm developing the account relying on a variety of sources from aesthetics to narratology to cognitive poetics and to evolutionary psychology.

  • I am an MA student in philosophy at CEU. My primary interest is in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology, with a focus on mereology and causation. I am also concerned with the metaphysics of ordinary objects, intrinsicness, metaontology and the epistemology of debates.

  • Attila Mráz is a PhD student at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), currently a Balzan Fellow at New York University's Department of Philosophy in the AY 2011-2012. He has a primary interest in moral and political philosophy, with a serious interest in the philosophy of art and law, and value theory in general. These days he is trying to find out what different concepts people use when they talk about “justice”, how these concepts are related, which of them apply only to Rawlsian basic structures, and which ones have a potentially global scope. He is also concerned with the moral significance of disagreement and its consequences for the methodology of political theory. Other passions include an avid quest for the nature of literary value, skating, time spent with friends, and further adventures.

  • My research focuses on Stoic physics. I am interested in how the Stoics conceived of bodies and their ontological structure. I have been working on the Stoic account of unity, identity and individuation, and more recently I have broadened the scope of my research to a general study of the nature of the two principles, and how these account for the different kinds of bodies populating the Stoic cosmos. Besides a Stoic discussion of these issues I am interested in ancient natural philosophy, mathematics and metaphysics in general, as well as contemporary metaphysics.

  • Orsi Reich is a PhD student at CEU interested in contemporary moral and political philosophy. Working as a recurrent visiting lecturer at Eotvos Lorand University and at Szechenyi Istvan Szakkollegium, Budapest. In Fall 2011/12 preceptor at Princeton University and visiting fellow in philosophy at Harvard University. Spent AY 2010/11 at NYU.

  • As a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy, I'm working on a dissertation project provisionally entitled "Sceptical argumentation in Hellenistic theology", under supervision of Prof. Gábor Betegh. I hold an MA-equivalent degree from Eötvös University, Budapest, with a thesis on Academic scepticism (advisor: Prof. Péter Lautner). While my current research is focused on ancient scepticism, I maintain a general interest in ancient Platonism, Hellenistic and Post-Hellenistic philosophy, Early Modern natural theology and its critics (especially David Hume), as well as issues in contemporary epistemology and (strictly analytic) philosophy of religion.

  • Curie Virág is a Humanities Initiative Fellow at the CEU Institute for
    Advanced Studies for 2013-2014 and is Assistant Professor in the
    Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. She
    received her M.A and Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations
    from Harvard and B.A. in History and English literature from the
    University of California, Berkeley. Her work lies at the intersection
    of philosophy and intellectual history and focuses on the ethical,
    aesthetic and religious thought of premodern China up to 1200. She is
    interested in early Chinese accounts of emotions, cognition and memory
    and their role in evolving conceptions of self and agency.