About Me

I am a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to my doctoral studies, I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities from Villanova University (2014) and completed the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2015). I was also a visiting student in Classical Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford (2013).

My primary area of research is ancient philosophy, and I have a particular interest in the ancient ethical tradition (esp. Stoicism). I also actively pursue topics in contemporary moral philosophy (esp. metaethics, moral psychology, and applied ethics), history of modern philosophy, and logic.

Part and parcel of my academic research is the age-old idea that philosophy is a public and universal phenomenon. To that end, I strive to create spaces for philosophical thinking for folks of all ages in the Philadelphia community by facilitating activities ranging from after-school philosophy club to ethics bowl. More information about Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young (P4Y) can be found here.

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I can be reached at vazm@sas.upenn.edu.