Philosophy

Our philosophy tutors are doctoral candidates and PhDs who can help students with a philosophy course in which they are enrolled or design a course of study to suit their interests. Philosophy includes the study of what there is (metaphysics), how we know things (epistemology), and how we should behave (ethics), but most of all, it includes the rich history of people arguing about these topics. Because the discipline is so broad, philosophers must have a strong grasp of logic—an important skill for any academic project—in order to write with the rigor, precision, and clarity that good philosophy demands; these skills make philosophy tutors especially good teachers.  Whether you’re struggling to make sense of symbolic logic or need someone to help you tell the difference between Hegel, Schlegel, and a bagel, our expert philosophy tutors will enlighten you.

Popular Subjects: Moral Philosophy and Ethics, Ancient Philosophy (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle), Political Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Existentialism, Epistemology, Metaphysics

Philosophy Tutors

After many years of exile in colder climes, Aaron finally returned to his home state of California, where he currently teaches social science courses at Deep Springs College. Aaron grew up in Los Angeles but departed for the Midwest, where he earned his BA (philosophy) and MA (social sciences)...

Alan is originally from outside Seattle, and still harbors poorly hidden ambitions to return to that part of the world one day. Alan attended Pomona College, majoring in economics, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He received a number of awards for his economics work,...

Alec attended Carnegie Mellon for his undergraduate education where he received a B.S. in Business Administration. In his final year of undergrad, he stumbled upon Freud and Marx, inspiring an abrupt change of course. Alec then spent the next year starting and finishing a B.A. in Philosophy at...

Alex was born and raised in a small rural town in northwestern Connecticut, where he developed a deep appreciation for math and science, eventually acing his SAT subject test in math. An aspiring math major at Columbia, he took a linguistics class on the recommendation of a friend, and ended up...

Initially a physics major, Alex graduated with a BA in English from Rice University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Subsequently, he earned his PhD in English Literature from Rutgers, and his dissertation project was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize in Literature by an...

Alexa is a medical anthropologist and writer. She is Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. She holds an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Anthropology and Folklore and an M.A. from the St. John’s College Great Books Program. She did her undergraduate work at The Evergreen...

Amulya earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a Student Marshal of her class in 2010.  Inspired by the many ethical issues that arose during her bachelor’s thesis research on HIV in India, she pursued a fellowship in the Department...

Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in American History and English Literature from the College of William and Mary, holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and is currently finishing up his Ph.D. on the history of non-profit philanthropic foundations at Columbia University in...

Annabel’s educational journey began with homeschooling in Southport, Connecticut and taking online courses through Stanford University’s Educated Program for Gifted Youth. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a BA in English and minors in...

Antonio was born in Los Angeles, CA. From an early age, he showed an affinity for mathematics, teaching himself calculus at the age of 13. After reading Stephen Hawking’s “The Universe in a Nutshell” and “A Brief History of Time”, he became fascinated by physics. In 2008, he entered Columbia’s...

Ash is a native of Queens, New York and will take every opportunity to remind you of its charms. He spent his teenage years crisscrossing the city, attending Hunter College High School. At Harvard College, he fell in love with the classics of social and political theory, majoring in Social...

Becca holds a B.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College and an MPhil in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. She is currently in the fourth year of her PhD in philosophy at Harvard, where she has been the recipient of the prestigious Bowdoin...

Ben grew up near Philadelphia, where easy access to the city’s enormous park system spurred his curiosity about how people change the places they live in. Ben attended Amherst College, majoring in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors....

Blythe is a member of the Yurok Tribe; she is originally from McKinleyville, CA, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Blythe graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. At Dartmouth, she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, won the national Beinecke scholarship as a junior and was one...

Bryan grew up in Akron, OH where he cultivated a taste for exploring the wider world and has spent most of his life in Chicago and New York City. Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in British Atlantic and Early American History at Columbia University. He earned his BA from the City College of New York...

Caroline Dell is a Senior Associate Consultant in Bain & Company’s New York office. She joined Bain full-time in September 2013, after an internship during the summer of 2012.

Caroline graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy. While at Brown, she was...

Casey moved to New York in 2015 after earning her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William and Mary, and received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2020. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University where she...

Chris graduated from Princeton, in 2009, with an AB in German Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing (Poetry). His junior papers, on a short story of Robert Musil’s and a novella of Samuel Beckett’s, won the German Department’s Junior Independent Work Prize, and his thesis on Musil won...

Connor is a cofounder of an upcoming cryptography software project and the sole proprietor of a novel-in-progress. He grew up in Wyoming—his true loyalties are with the forests of the Snowy Range and the rock formations of Vedauwoo. He graduated from Duke in 2012 as an Angier B. Duke Memorial...

After growing up on a farm in Iowa, Danielle moved to Massachusetts, where she studied English with a citation (minor) in Spanish at Harvard University. At Harvard, Danielle was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated summa cum laude a year later. She spent most of her free time in...

David is currently enrolled at NYU School of Medicine (and loving it!). Previously, he studied biology and sociology at Rutgers University, eventually graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. Over his summers, David did research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hackensack...

Austin, TX is Devin’s hometown: when he was young, his family moved there from Orlando, FL because they realized they had finally finished seeing every part of Disney World. He got his BA in philosophy at Yale, where he graduated magna cum laude and won 1st prize in the Yale Public Speaking...

Drew grew up in Portland, Maine but moved south to Memphis, Tennessee the year before his beloved Red Sox broke the curse of the Bambino. He began the long road back north by moving to Pennsylvania to study philosophy at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, where he graduated...

Duncan is an Affiliated Fellow of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College and holds a D.Phil in English from the University of Oxford, an MA from University College London and BA from Cambridge University. He moved to the United States in the summer of 2012 after a decade...

Originally from California’s Bay Area, Eliane attended bilingual French school growing up, and spent much of her childhood in Brittany, France. She studied philosophy at the University of Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Special Departmental Honors. Her senior thesis, on the...

From a very young age, Elizabeth has been baking cookies, pies, and cakes. This love for baking stimulated her interest in chemistry. Elizabeth attended the University of Virginia and obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry. At UVA, Elizabeth conducted...

Emily was born in Louisiana, and raised in Mississippi and Pennsylvania. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where she triple-majored in philosophy, psychology, and linguistics, and double-minored in English and French. In her senior year, Emily served as president of her college's...

Emma hails from rural Minnesota, where she frequented her local library to the point that her parents were forced to threaten returning her literary spoils as a form of disciplinary leverage. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014...

Emmy did not learn how to read until third grade, many long months after her twin sister; and she has been making up for lost time ever since. An avid reader and book-worm (more like the Hungry Caterpillar of books), Emmy studied literature and the visual arts at Yale College, where she...

Eric spent so much time with a nose in a book growing up that his parents were afraid he'd end up New York City's most well-read homeless man. Fortunately, he looked up from a book long enough to head off to University of Chicago, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with the highest GPA in the...

            Erik hails from Kansas, which, contrary to popular belief, is not flatter than a pancake, but has plenty of hills and forests (and is not in black and white). He attended the University of Kansas for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classics. During his time at KU, Erik won an...

Evander Price hails from the southwesternmost corner of America—sunny San Diego—from where he has since been transplanted to the northeastern city of Cambridge, MA, learning through slow attrition to brave the bitter New England winters.

At Vassar College, he double-majored in Art...

Ezra grew up in San Francisco, and still misses the fog and steep hills. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Ezra majored in Social Studies (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and wrote his thesis about senior homes in Beijing. Upon graduating, Ezra was awarded the Trustman Traveling Fellowship,...

Grace Mosley is a 5th-year MD-PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, located in New York City. She has completed the first two years of medical school and USMLE Step 1, and is currently working on a neuroscience PhD in the Iatridis Lab in the Department of Orthopaedics,...

Guy

Guy did his undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where he got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. He then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which he performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words....

Heather is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at NYU. She earned a JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a BA in Philosophy from UCLA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with College and Department Honors. Prior to law school she worked on Google’s Global Ethics and...

Henry was interested in pursuing a career in marine research until he began working as an EMT while attending Eckerd College. He went on to graduate summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in biochemistry and philosophy. He then pursued a Master’s of Public Health from...

Isaia is a fourth year PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he is currently teaching a class on Plato and has already taught Latin classes at various levels. His dissertation focuses on the rhetoric and style of Thucydides and on the...

Jay

Jay Ben’s first acting role was as Judah Maccabee in a first-grade Chanukah pageant. After an eight-year hiatus (during which he determined, successively, that he would become a cartographer, a professional skier, a fantasy novelist, an architect, and an award-winning poet), he rediscovered...

Jeb

Jeb grew up on a beautiful, bucolic island near Seattle. Long commutes into the city to attend school gave him ample time to read and write, and he became a lover of books and developed an interest in English grammar and language at an early age. He received his B.A. in international relations...

Jimmy is a J.D./Ph.D. student (Sociology & Social Policy) at Harvard University. Originally from Los Angeles, Jimmy graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 2014 with a degree in Social Studies and English. Following graduation, he spent a year doing political research for David...

Jingyu completed her undergraduate work in mainland China in Chinese language and literature. She holds an MA from Harvard University in Regional Studies of East Asia and an MPhil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Chinese Studies. She is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University...

John is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, where he advanced to the finals of the Connecticut State Geography Bee, only to lose on the last question. Heartbroken, John later went to college at Harvard, where he majored in Literature and graduated magna cum laude. After a few years in...

Jonathan was raised in the Boston area and has never been able to stay away for long; as a result, he has developed an appreciation for the city’s strong traditions of education, culture, food, and sports, as well as a fondness for multiple cups of Dunkin’s while participating in said traditions...

Before discovering his passion for academics at Franklin and Marshall College, Joe’s two most influential educators were his dogs Louis and Ella, who taught him that food really is the most important thing in life. Having maximized his dogs’ tutelage, Joe decided that he wanted the unique...

As a child, Julia lived in various countries, which led her to become fascinated in other cultures and languages. Since then, Julia has traveled all over the world and has attended school in over six countries. Her deepest interest is in Asia. As an undergraduate, Julia graduated from the...

Julia grew up in Northern Virginia, and attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD (the ‘great books’ school), where she fell in love with classical languages. After spending a year baking bread in Antarctica, she went back to school for historical linguistics, and is now pursuing a PhD in the...

June grew up in Southern California but spent two wonderful years at a boarding school in Delaware. She attended Boston College, majoring in History and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was the recipient of the Patrick Durcan Award, the history departmental...

Kate is extremely grateful to everyone in her life who embraces her philosopher’s tendency to respond to just about everything with “but wait, why do you think that?”. Kate developed this annoying habit at Gettysburg College, where she majored in Philosophy and English Literature. Reaching the...

Kevin was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he was in the Liberal Arts Honors program and-double majored in Economics and Psychology. He spent a semester in Washington, DC interning for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America...

Kevin went to high school in a midwestern cornfield far from the nearest SAT administration, but managed to score 800s on his SAT Verbal, SAT Writing, and U.S. History tests, buttressing his self-esteem sufficiently to withstand a 690 SAT Math score. At Stanford University he took a BA with...

Max hails from New York City (LaG, 2011), and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Film & Media Studies, Music, and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability. In pursuit of some kind of constellation of these fields and ideas, he completed a M.St. at...

Max is originally from Steamboat Springs, CO where he grew up skiing, hiking, biking, and climbing in the Rocky Mountains. He graduated Valedictorian of his high school class, and moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, where he majored in Philosophy. After graduating, he spent...

Melanie was born to NY parents, grew up in LA, and feels happiest when she’s living in Paris. After realizing that her favorite part of all her English and history classes was thinking about all the people (and characters), she majored in psychology with the philosophy track at Yale University,...

Mike is a Virginia native with a BA in Philosophy and Chinese Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He worked for 3 years in the U.S. Senate at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, where he was a researcher and policy analyst on military and defense issues. In 2018, he...

Nadia is a mixed product of northern New Jersey, upstate New York, and Moscow, Russia. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where she double-majored in English and Psychology. She eventually received her PhD in Developmental Psychology, also from Cornell. Her work has received...

Nathaniel grew up in Northern California and attended Stanford University, where he majored in philosophy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned the Mothershead Award for his undergraduate work in moral and political theory. After graduating, he worked on electoral and policy campaigns (as well...

Nick is just your typical kid from Westchester, NY. After living the dream as a peewee ice hockey player, he moved to North Carolina for college. He finished summa cum laude at Wake Forest University in philosophy. After he submitted his graduate school applications, he took 8 months exploring...

Nicky is originally from Sugar Land, TX. He attended Rice University in Houston, graduating with a 4.0 GPA (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) and was named the Sallyport Award winner of his class, the highest honor given to a graduating student. Building on his passion for children’s health and...

Noam grew up in Israel, Baltimore, and Nebraska, and she has since continued to explore new places. She attended the University of Chicago, where she majored in philosophy and graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. After working with a bioethicist for a year abroad, she completed Bryn Mawr...

Nora Isacoff, PhD, is a professor in the Psychology departments at both Columbia University and New York University, and a former National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow. She has many years of experience working directly with students of all ages, from elementary school through adults. Her...

As an eldest child, Paige often wrote plays and taught her siblings how to act them out. This passion for fiction is central to her research and her love of teaching. She earned college honors at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Women’s Studies before going on to a Master’s...

At the beginning of his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, Peter would spend hours in the practice room working on excerpts of Richard Wagner’s operas and other pieces in the German canon. While this was certainly musically rewarding, he found himself increasingly interested...

Rex

Rex is originally from northeastern Nebraska—indeed a Husker football fan—but spent years abroad in Europe, including one year at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. Upon returning to North America, he completed his undergraduate degree in political philosophy at Concordia...

Sam grew up flying back and forth between Beijing and California. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, and as a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. After college, he joined the Cambridge Coaching admin team, where...

Sarah has spent much of her adult life as a professional English teacher both overseas and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she considers her home. After completing her BA in liberal arts at St. John's College in Annapolis, she went on to pursue a masters degree in English and Comparative...

    Tarek is originally from Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of his formative years in his hometown. He completed his degree in Political Studies, with an emphasis on International Relations and a minor in History, before moving to Sabancı University (Istanbul) for his Masters degree in Ottoman...

Tess grew up in northern New Jersey, where, as an enthusiastic user of AOL instant messenger, she first discovered her love of the written word. That love carried her to Yale, where she completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa,...

Tim was born and raised in lovely Laguna Beach, California. He graduated summa cum laude, with Highest Honors in Politics, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduation, he headed East to study for a PhD in Political Science at Brown University. And though he misses California...

Hailing from Chicago, Tova attended the University of Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in anthropology. She recently completed her MPhil (with Merit) at the University of Cambridge where she studied Archaeology, with work spanning from theoretical anthropology to archaeobotany....

Zach is a PhD candidate at Harvard University where he studies German philosophy and language theory. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, where he majored in comparative literature, focusing on Ancient Greek,...

Zoe grew up in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles, California. She attended Vassar College  where she graduated after four years with a degree with honors in Science, Technology, and Society.  While at Vassar, Zoe was a member and captain of the Varsity Swim Team for all four years.  She was...