Teaching Team


Stephen Angle
Professor of Philosophy and Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies

Stephen Angle specializes in Chinese Philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and comparative philosophy, and his research focuses on philosophy’s role in human rights, politics, and ethics both in China and globally.

Leads Breakouts for Sections 1 & 2 (FISK209)
Drop-in hours: Thurs. 10:45-11:45am, 1:15-2:25pm (Fisk 201E); and by appointment over Zoom

Tushar Irani
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Letters

Tushar Irani holds a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. Apart from his interest in philosophy as a way of life, he also works on issues of philosophical method, the history and practice of rhetoric, and moral psychology in Greco-Roman philosophy. He has a special research interest in Plato.

Leads Breakouts for Sections 3 & 4 (RUSSMILLET) and Section 6 (FISK209)
Drop-in hours: Thurs. 1:30-3:00pm (Boger 321); and by appointment over Zoom

Steven Horst
Philosophy Department Chair

Steven Horst is Professor and Chair of Philosophy. His research interests include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. In addition to this course, he also teaches courses in philosophy of mind, Early Modern philosophy, and moral psychology.

Leads Breakouts for Section 5 (SCIE216)
Drop-in hours: by appointment over Zoom

Dialogue Fellows

Tessa Ury
Senior Dialogue Fellow

Tessa is a Senior majoring in Philosophy on the Social Justice track with a specific focus in education. She is from Montclair, New Jersey. She has a special interest in Eastern philosophy, particularly Buddhism and Daoism. Along with her interests in philosophy and education she plays on Wesleyan's Rugby team and writes and records music.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 2 (FISK209)

Ben Anderson

Ben is a Sophomore majoring in the Earth & Environmental Sciences and Music programs. He is from Hailey, Idaho, and when he’s not pondering philosophical conundrums, you can find him summiting peaks in the alpine, rock climbing, and playing the guitar.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 3 (RUSSMILLET)

Jaymin Choi

Jaymin (he/they) is a Junior from Long Island, New York, majoring in Philosophy and CEAS. He is a member of the Wesleyan Wrestling Team, the Botany Club, and the Wesleyan Animal Defense League. He enjoys reading fantasy books, watching anime, and recently got into skateboarding over the summer. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in cooking, which is one of his special passions.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 5 (SCIE216)

Julian DeMann

Julian is a Senior from East Hampton, New York, majoring in Philosophy. He has worked at Wesleyan as a course tutor and/or dialogue facilitator for various philosophy classes since his sophomore year, and is also a Sustainability Coordinator for the Wesleyan Sustainability Office. This year he will be the captain of the Men’s Swimming & Diving team. Outside of school, Julian enjoys playing his guitar and surfing at his hometown beach, Ditch Plains.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 6 (FISK209)

Sebastian Evans

Sebastian is a Junior from Chepachet, Rhode Island majoring in the College of Letters and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. He is particularly interested in Stoicism and Platonism and is currently doing research in philosophy through the Mellon Mays program. Outside of class, he enjoys creative writing, playing tennis, and listening to music.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 3 (RUSSMILLET)

Madie Notes

Madie Notes is a Senior majoring in Psychology. She took "Living a Good Life" in the Fall of 2020 and philosophy is a large passion in her life. She can't wait to share it with everyone.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 4 (RUSSMILLET)

Ethan Park

Ethan is a Sophomore who is thinking of majoring in Sociology and Education Studies. His philosophical interests center around Eastern philosophy, particularly Daoism and Buddhism. He is from the D.C. area and enjoys music, basketball, and spending time outdoors.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 1 (FISK209)

Serena Rumpler

Serena is a Sophomore who is planning to major in the College of Letters and Psychology. She is particularly interested in Daoism and Stoicism and their categorization of things as inside or outside an individual's control. Beyond the classroom, you can find her tossing a disc or playing in the dirt at Long Lane Farm.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 2 (FISK209)

Sabrina Seltzer

Sabrina Seltzer is a Sophomore majoring in the College of Letters and possibly double majoring in Religious Studies. Her philosophical interests center around East Asian philosophies that intersect with religious traditions such as Buddhism and Confucianism. She is from Westchester, New York and enjoys skiing, reading, and eating yummy food.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 1 (FISK209)

Caitlin Sergi

Caitlin is a Senior from White Plains, New York double majoring in Biology and Philosophy. Her philosophical interests focus on the intersection of philosophy and science, particularly as it relates to healthcare and public policy. She is deeply enthused by philosophical conversations and is looking forward to having more of them during "Living A Good Life."

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 5 (SCIE216)

Compton Stewart

Compton is a Sophomore majoring in Theater, Film, and Philosophy. His philosophical interests include Aesthetics, Actor Network Theory, Post-Philosophy, and the works of Bruno Latour and Richard Rorty. Consequently, he is not fun at parties, or, indeed, in general. In his spare time, he acts onstage and plays piano.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 4 (RUSSMILLET)

Zack Thong

Zack is a Junior majoring in Philosophy and Physics. He is from Eastvale, California. His interests are in FTL (faster-than-light) space travel, language etymologies, and data analysis. After graduation, he hopes to work in the alternative energy industry in order to combat the threat of climate change.

Leads Dialogue Sessions for Section 6 (FISK209)