I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at UCLA. I completed a B.A. in Philosophy at UCLA (2013) prior to starting my graduate work.

My interests are diverse but largely center around the history of philosophy.  I am primarily interested in early modern philosophy, with additional interests in ancient philosophy and classical Arabic/Islamic philosophy.

I am especially interested in questions concerning understanding (as opposed to, for example, ordinary knowledge), affects/emotions, essences/natures, definitions, causation, and mind. I am currently writing a dissertation on Spinoza’s theory of real definition and essence.

Contact: awest [at] humnet.ucla.edu