Area of Interest: Epistemology, philosophy of mind (especially perception and consciousness)
Mikaela Mackenzie is a graduate student in the department of philosophy at UCLA. Having received her BA in philosophy from the University of Calgary and her MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, she hails from Canada.
Mikaela enjoys studying all areas of philosophy, but she has always been most drawn to epistemology and topics in the philosophy of mind. In particular, Mikaela is interested in the nature of belief; the nature of rationality; the nature of and relation between practical and theoretical knowledge; and the nature and justificatory power of our sensory perceptions. Having always had a place in her heart for pragmatism, Mikaela has, in more recent years, taken an interest in the practical vs. theoretical philosophy divide. She wants (theoretical) epistemic theories to be evaluated not just in terms of their explanatory power, but also in terms of their applicability (i.e. in terms of how we can apply them)—just as (practical) ethical theories are evaluated. A girl can dream, right?
In addition to reading philosophy and drinking copious amounts of coffee, Mikaela enjoys long walks on the beach. As a libra, she recognizes this need for balance between work and play. And though she is new to it, Mikaela also enjoys lifting heavy things at the gym. If you see her around, don’t hesitate to say hi!