People of the Program

Meet Guo Xuechen


My name is Guo Xuechen. I am an international student and I come from Henan Province, China. I am a student in the M.A. Program in Philosophy for International Students at Purdue. I am interested in Ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle’ s physics and metaphysics. I am also interested in Kant, especially his concept of schema and the relationship between schema and time. I am currently applying for PhD programs in Philosophy.

Meet Jiusi Guo


My name is Jiusi Guo. I am a student in the M.A. Program in Philosophy for International Students. I am primarily interested in epistemological methodology and the Existential philosophy of Sartre. I completed my undergraduate major in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My master program, among other things, helps me prepare for PhD programs in the United States. My goal is to complete a PhD on an intriguing topic in naturalistic epistemology.

Meet Vladimir Atanasovski


My name is Vladimir Atanasovski. I am from Macedonia, a small, landlocked country on the Balkan peninsula. I am a student in the M.A. Program in Philosophy for International Students at Purdue University. My main interest in philosophy is the philosophy of mind with the mindbody problem at its core. I am also a big admirer of Nietzsche's and Heidegger's philosophy, and the way they both encompassed the totality of human experience. Right now, I am mostly interested in the intersection of the philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and I would like to continue my education and philosophical investigation in that direction.

Meet Chen Yang
Intercultural Liaison for the Philosophy for International Students M.A. Program

I serve as the Intercultural Liaison for the M.A. Program in Philosophy for International Students helping international students find their way in their new academic home in Purdue’s Philosophy Department and in the greater campus community. International students are encouraged to contact me with any questions they may have before their arrival and during their first semester at Purdue at

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in philosophy. I majored in geochemistry in my undergraduate studies and then pursued a master's degree in philosophy at Warwick, England. Currently, I work with Purdue Philosophy Professor Christopher Yeomans on Hegel's concept of infinity and its possible interactions with mathematics, especially Cantor, Gödel, and Cohen's work on set theory.

Meet Dr. Gabriele Dillmann
Director of the Philosophy for International Students M.A. Program
Lecturer, English for Philosophy
In my capacity as program director and lecturer in the Philosophy MA program uniquely designed for international students, my mission is to help non-native English speakers realize their academic and professional goals while becoming productive members of the greater philosophical community. For most of our students, the MA serves as a stepping stone to a PhD program in Philosophy in a subject area they have been well prepared for during their advanced studies in our MA program. Our innovative program offers students exactly the courses and support that they need to succeed in the English-speaking – and thus international - world of philosophy. Please see my website for more information.

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