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Herzlich Willkommen

Mahdi Ranaee

EDUCATION:

UNIVERSITY OF POTSDAM, Potsdam, Germany
PhD in Philosophy, expected September 2021
Dissertation: Kant on Scepticism; an Evaluation of Kant’s Response to the Veil of Perception Scepticism
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Johannes Haag, Prof. Dr. James Conant

INSTITUE FOR RESEARCH IN FUNSAMENTAL SCIENCES (IPM), Tehran, Iran
Started PhD program in Analytic Philosophy (2012), Withdrawn (2015)

ALLAMEH TABATABA’I UNIVERSITY, Tehran, Iran
M.A., Philosophy of Religion, 2012
Thesis: Gödel's Ontological Argument; Analysis and Explanation
Supervisor: Prof. Mohammad Ardeshir
Co-advisor: Dr. Fershteh Nabati
Examiner: Dr. Mahmoud Morvarid

UNIVERSIY OF TEHRAN, Tehran, Iran
B.A., Social Communications, 2008
AREAS OF INTEREST
Systematic: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
Historical: Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes and Berkley),
Islamic Philosophy and Theology (Ash’arite Thought, al-Ghazali)

 

AREAS OF INTEREST:

Systematic: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

Historical: Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes and Berkley),
Islamic Philosophy and Theology (Ash’arite Thought, al-Ghazali)

 

PUBLICATIONS:

In English:
Philosophical Papers:
• 2016, Non-Accidentally Factive Mental States, Dialogue, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp 493-510


In Farsi:
Philosophical Papers:
• 2014, Knowledge and the Sensitivity Condition, Naqd va Nazar, 72
• 2011, On Some Gödelian Ontological Arguments, Logical Studies, 6
• 2011, Gödel’s Ontological Argument, Logical Studies, 5
Philosophical Books:
• 2018, An Introduction to Metaphilosophy, Soren Overgaard, translated by Mahdi Ranaee, Tarjoman
• 2017, Gödel’s Ontological Argument, Hermes
• 2017, Philosophy at 3AM (translation of a collection of 3AM Magazin’s interviews with philosophers),
Tarjomaan, 2017
• 2016, Social Epistemology, Alvin Goldman, translated by Mahdi Ranaee, Qoqnous
Short Stories:
• 2016, Yek-Shab (The Night), Dastan-e-Hamshahri
Translated into English by Simindokht Dehghani as The Child Who Was Born at Night, Lived by
Night, and Passed Away at Night, Brittle Star, 2018
Fictional Books:
• Forthcoming, Barzinha; A Novel, Hermes
• Forthcoming, Agha-ye-Nevisandeh, (Mr. Writer: a Play), Hermes
• 2015, Mard-e Bist-o-chand-Angoshti (Twenty-Something Fingered Man: A Collection of Short Stories),
Hermes

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

Papers:
• Al-Ghazali on Sophistry and Doubt (under review)
• Some Reflections on Abductive Responses to Scepticism
• Descartes and Kant on the Sceptical challenge

 

PRESENTATIONS:

Refereed Presentations:
• Al-Ghazali on Sophistry and Doubt
SAIMS Graduate Conference 2019, St. Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies, University of St.
Andrews, Scotland, June 6, 2019
• Does True Belief Entail Knowledge?
Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy (SOPhiA) 2018, Department of Philosophy,
University of Salzburg, September 14, 2018

Other Presentations:
• Some Rectified Gödelian Ontological Arguments,
Sharif University of Technology, Department of Mathematics, October 25, 2011 (+)
Tarbiat Modares University, Department of Philosophy, March 4, 2012
Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), School of Analytic Philosophy, February
25, 2013
• On Lewis on Class Nominalism,
Tarbiat Modares University, Department of Philosophy, May 20, 2013
• On Sosa on the Puzzle about Belief
1st Student Philosophy Conference, Tarbiat Moderes University, Department of Philosophy,
November 19, 2014

 

REFREE WORK:

Logical Studies (Farsi), Naqd-va-Nazar (Farsi), Dialogue, University of Tehran Journal of Philosophy
(Farsi)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Self-Designed Stand-Alone Teaching:
In German:
• Winter Semester 2019-2020 (invited), Islamische Politische Philosophie, Al-Mustafa Institute,
Berlin, Germany
• Winter Semester 2019-2020, Wittgensteins Philosophische Untersuchungen; Ausgewählte
Themen, Department of Philosophy, University of Potsdam
• Summer Semester 2019, Descartes und Berkeley; Ausgewählte Themen, Department of
Philosophy, University of Potsdam

In English:
• Winter Semester 2018/19, The Existence of God; Arguments for and Against, Department of
Philosophy, University of Potsdam.
• Summer Semester 2018, Scepticism and Philosophical Problems of Perception, Department of
Philosophy, University of Potsdam

Teaching Assistance:
• Winter Semester 2017/18, Christian and Islamic Philosophy, Prof. Dr. Johan Hafner & Dr. Arhan
Kardas, Department of Religious Studies, University of Potsdam

 

LANGUAGES:

• Farsi: Native Language
• English and German: Fluent
• Arabic: Fluent in Reading

 

AWARDS:

• Student Travel Awards: the 2012 ASL European Summer Meeting (Logic Colloquium 2012), rejected
• DAAD scholarship, Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2017, accepted
• SAIMS Graduate Conference 2019 bursary, 75 Pounds, accepted

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

INSTITUTE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL STUDIES, Tehran, Iran 2009
Research Assistant
• Worked under Professor Hosseinali Ghobadi in studying the universal notions of Persian literature.

JAMEJAM NEWSPAPER, Tehran, Iran 2007 – 2010
Columnist/Translator
• Crafted articles on the history of cinema, literature, and philosophy as part of a weekly column.
• Translated newspaper and encyclopedic essays from English to Farsi for the newspaper.

SHAHR INSTITUTE, Tehran, Iran 2005 – 2006
Teacher
• Encouraged the social and academic development of high school students as a teacher of subjects that
included social sciences, history, philosophy, and Persian literature.           

• Worked with students to prepare them for Iran’s university entrance exam


TARJOMAAN PUBLICATIONS, Tehran, Iran January 2015 - September 2016
Translator and Editor

 

SPECIALIZED SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS:

Summer School on Kripke’s Philosophy: Naming, Meaning, and Necessity, Institute for Research in
Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran (2 September to 5 September 2012)
• Summer School on Analytic metaphysics, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran,
Iran (14 September to 18 September 2013)
• Summer School on Analytic Philosophy of Religion, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM),
Tehran, Iran (14 September to 18 September 2014)
• Hylomorphism in Kant, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, Germany (15-16 June 2017)
• Wilfrid Sellars’s Science and Metaphysics – A Workshop with Bill DeVries, University of Potsdam,
Potsdam, Germany (29 June to 1 July 2017)
• Berliner Kantkurs with Robert Stern, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (6-8 July 2018)
• Perceptual Content – A Workshop with Susanna Schellenberg, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
(15 July 2017)
• Workshop with James Kreines, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (25 May 2018)
• Workshop with Huw Price, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (1-2 June 2018)
• A Spirit of Trust; Workshop with Robert Brandom: Hegel on agency, University of Leipzig, Leipzig,
Germany (4-7 June 2018)
• Workshop with Paul Redding, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (18-19 June 2018)
• Conference ‘Kant’s religion within the boundaries of reason alone,’ University of Leipzig, Leipzig,
Germany (22-24 June 2018)
• Berliner Kantkurs with Andrew Chignell, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (5-7 July 2018)
• Rule-Following, an intensive course with James Conant and Cora Diamond, University of Leipzig,
Germany (October 2018)

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING:

• CerTESOL, Trinity College London, 2017
• Three years of experience as a freelance teacher, including Business English, IELTS, TOEFL and general
English

 

REFERENCES:

• Prof. Dr. Johannes Haag (Chair of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, Tel:
+49 (0) 331 977 1445, email: jhaag@uni-potsdam.de)

• Prof. Dr. James Conant (Chester D. Tripp Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago and Alexander
von Humboldt Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leipzig, Tel: +1 (773) 7026146, email:
jconant@uchicago.edu)
• Prof. Dr. Johann Hafner (Chair of Religious Studies, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, Tel: +40
(0) 3319771506, email: hafner@uni-potsdam.de)
• Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ardeshir (Department of Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box
11365-9415 Tehran, Iran, Tel: +98-21-66165611, e-mail: mardeshir@sharif.edu)