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My research focuses on two philosophers who systematically approached a wide range of philosophical issues from the first-person standpoint: Kant and Sartre. My philosophical intuitions in the past generally have sided with more naturalistic views, and Kant and Sartre engage me because they are two of the most prominent philosophers to have offered persuasive and systematic challenges to such views.
More specifically, I investigate how each conceives of consciousness and self-consciousness, as well as other basic modes by which the mind relates to the world, e.g., cognition, and perception, and imagination. This investigation is carried out by situating each philosopher's thought within its historical context, whether it be Descartes, Hume, and the Leibnizians or Husserl and the existentialists. With a clearer understanding of their conceptions of these things, I aim to shed light on how each philosopher tackles traditional philosophical problems.