Hello, and welcome to Thoughts, a student-run podcast by Glasgow University philosophy students.
In every episode, we explore a different philosophical topic with the help of an expert. Whether you're new to philosophy or already love the subject, we look forward to embarking on this philosophical journey together!
You can check out the episodes page to listen to the podcast and view our show notes, check the blog for any updates, or follow us on social media.
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Degree: 3rd year English Literature and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Political Philosophy, Virtual Reality
Fun Fact: Emaan knows four languages including sign language
Emaan's interests include great philosophical debates, watching Disney movies and socialising with friends. She didn't originally apply for philosophy but fell in love with it as her third subject. Emaan joined the podcast to help others fall in love with the subject too.
Laura MacPherson Zieger
Degree: 3rd year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Personal Identity, Political Philosophy, Formal Logic
Fun Fact: Laura spent lockdown in the Outer Hebrides
Laura grew up in the North-East of Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys singing, going out with friends and doing Muay Thai. She also loves cooking and discovering new recipes and dishes to try. She hopes that the podcast will help more people to see how useful philosophy can be in everyday life.
Co-host and founder
Degree: 4th year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Aesthetics, Metaphilosophy
Fun Fact: Hamish has cycled the North Coast 500
Hamish's interests include good philosophical discussions, lacrosse and loving Scotland. Last year he did his study abroad in North Carolina where he joined a podcast and has been inspired to start a new one in Glasgow.
Degree: Philosophy graduate
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Ethics
Fun Fact: Arianna is so phobic of sharks that she cannot, under any circumstances, have a bath unaccompanied.
Arianna grew up in the backend of nowhere, somewhere in Scotland. She started climbing in University because it was the only sport that didn't feel like a sport. She joined the podcast because she is totally in love with the marvelous ways that minds can think, and wants to talk to people about it.
Degree: 1st year Philosophy MSc
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Epistemology, Philosophy of Emotions, Political Philosophy
Fun Fact: Ross loves basketball and is a NY Knicks fan
Ross was born in London but grew up in Edinburgh. He is a guitarist in a band and spends most of his spare time writing and recording music. He joined the podcast so that he can spend more time chatting about philosophy and hopes to introduce others to topics they might not otherwise have come across!
Degree: 3rd year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy
Fun Fact: Jasmine has broken her left foot in four different places!
Jasmine is from Bedfordshire, England. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys singing Opera, writing her blog interviewing inspirational women and creating Spotify playlists for every mood! She wanted to be a part of the podcast to further her knowledge of philosophy and help other people fall in love with the subject as quickly as she did!
Degree: 3rd year Politics and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Political Philosophy, Epistemology, Logic, Morality, Ethics
Fun Fact: Alexandros knows how to play the flute
Alexandros comes from Nicosia, the capitol of the small island of Cyprus. He spends his time reading books and watching football. When he is not alone, he can be found in discussion about any contemporary issue that might pop up into his day. He joined the podcast to help initiate people into the joys of philosophical discussion.
Degree: Theatre and Philosophy Graduate
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Moral and Eastern Philosophy
Fun Fact: Keir can juggle three balls behind his back
Keir is from Edinburgh and spends most of his time creating work with his theatre company, Live Witness Theatre. He was eager to be a host for Thoughts because he loves nothing more than a good ol’ philosophical debate.
Degree: 4th year Archaeology and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Language
Fun Fact: Over the last year, Katie has been learning to scuba dive
Katie grew up in Fife, Scotland. Her interests include theatre and hooping. She also plays the saxophone (poorly). Katie joined the podcast to try and get a wider audience interested in philosophy, and for the opportunity to learn about and discuss some interesting topics.
Degree: 2nd year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy
Fun Fact: Alice has cut her tongue so deep it nearly split in two
Swiss born and California bred, one of Alice's passions is her taste in music, even having got a wink from Clapton himself. But don't let her accent fool you, for Alice, philosophy is more than a subject, but a do or die endeavour to strip back dogma to unknown depths.
Degree: 4th year Politics and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind, Moral Philosophy
Fun Fact: Marlies has taken up sewing face masks during quarantine
Marlies loves learning and teaching languages, animals and meeting new people. She joined the team to connect with others, who are interested in philosophy and to create something that's both fun and insightful.
Degree: 4th year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Theoretical Philosophy
Fun Fact: Silvia does archery
Silvia is from Italy and loves baking, playing music, and dogs. She joined the team to help people know more about philosophy and how it can be useful in everyday life.
Degree: 4th year Computer Science and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of Language, Logic, Political Philosophy
Fun Fact: Maddy once played a black hole in a school play
Maddy grew up in rural Wales, and now has a reactionary aversion to being outside — she spends all her free time watching and thinking about movies. She fell in love with Philosophy because it's such a universal subject, and she joined the podcast to help others see that too.
Degree: 3rd year Computer Science
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Free Will, Formal Logic
Fun Fact: Aaron is a big football fan and follows his local team Alloa Athletic home and away
Aaron took philosophy as a 3rd subject but thoroughly enjoyed it. He joined the team to encourage people to give philosophy a go.
Signe Emilie Eriksen
Degree: 4th year Business and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics
Fun Fact: Signe started weaving willow baskets in her living room during uni
Signe [see-nuh] originates from Denmark. She thinks English is a wonderful language and enjoys reading and writing it. She also thinks that bicycle touring is the optimal way of exploring the world. The philosophy podcast was the perfect opportunity to develop her sound editing skills and engage with even more philosophy... because that stuff is necessary for when you're trying to navigate through life or whatever you call this.
Degree: 4th year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of Physics, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics
Fun Fact: At the time of writing, he has more than 100 mosquito bites on him
Constantinos is from Limassol, Cyprus. Apart from reading philosophical texts, he loves cooking, filmmaking, photography and music. He joined the Thoughts team to get a chance to combine his passion for editing with that for philosophy.
Degree: 1st year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind, Free Will, Political Philosophy
Fun Fact: Jonah plays the clarinet and the saxophone
Jonah is from Cornwall, England, and loves the outdoors and a regular dip in the sea. He enjoys music, food, literature and philosophy, which he developed a passion for after studying it in the past. He now takes philosophy as his second subject.
Degree: 1st year Digital Media and Information Studies
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Logic and Moral Philosophy
Fun Fact: Michael once closed a door on Kiefer Sutherland
A former TV worker bee, Michael went to uni to broaden his horizons, with philosophy being the ideal subject to do so! When not expanding his mind pondering the sovereign right to exclude, he can be found rehearsing with his country band Bone Idle Bros., playing tabletop and videogames or sending gifts to fellow Pokémon Go player Ruaridh.
Degree: 1st Year PhD (come October)
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Cognitive Enhancement, Epistemology, Aesthetics
Fun Fact: Adam owned a verifiably 23 year old gold fish.
Adam hails from Neilston, a small village just south of Glasgow. When graduating with expertise in Romantic Poetry and TV Drama led to writing car ads (despite being unable to drive), he jumped ship to Philosophy, and is now primed to return to UoG to begin his PhD; inexplicably, he has swapped Coleridge for Cognitive Enhancement. He is presently marooned in the countryside, scribbling inveterately.
Degree: 4th year Neuroscience
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Philosophy of mind and emotion, ethics
Fun Fact: Monique has a 6ft tall stuffed elephant called Sera Tonin
Monique is a Filipino from the Scottish Highlands who enjoys crunchy grapes, creative projects, and typing very fast. She loves everything brain, mind, and soul, partly because it doesn't make sense - she hopes to find some satisfying answers through her Neuroscience degree and the philosophy groups she worms her way into.
Degree: 1st year Philosophy PhD
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of A.I.
Fun Fact: Ruaridh taught himself Circular Gallifreyan (from Doctor Who) to create his own tattoo.
Ruaridh is born-and-bred in Glasgow, and seemingly can't escape. His love of Philosophy derives from his love of Sci-Fi and he spends most of his days reading and writing towards his thesis, but can also be found out playing Pokemon Go or throwing the ball around with his dog, Pepper.
Degree: 4th year English Literature and Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Ethics, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion
Fun Fact: Bethany can give you a hot chocolate tour of Glasgow
Bethany spent her childhood split between India and Texas. The bulk of her time is spent reading and hanging out with children or the elderly. Her hobbies include overspending at secondhand bookstores and occasionally emailing publications about typos she finds in their articles. She joined the podcast team because it combines her love for both podcasts and the UofG philosophy department.
Degree: 3rd year Philosophy
Favourite areas of Philosophy: Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind
Fun Fact: Frances has two dogs called Hamish and Floyd.
Frances grew up in Edinburgh, then lived in London where she worked in the fashion industry, and as a yoga teacher. In her spare time she likes exploring Scotland, preferably near a loch or the sea.