About Us

Founded in 1998, Noēsis is the journal of undergraduate philosophy at the University of Toronto, a project that envisions and aims to engender a culture of creativity and lively philosophical exchange among students. The students whose work appears in our journals are all undergraduate students, as are the editors who volunteer to organize, compile, and peer-review for publication.

If you have any questions about Noēsis, feel free to contact our Editors-in-Chief.

Undergraduate Editorial Board


Evelyn Rose Maude

Evelyn is a fourth-year student specializing in philosophy. Her research focuses on the history of early modern European philosophy, especially Spinoza and Kant. She also studies the history of analytic philosophy and the history of social science. Her interests outside of philosophy include classic film history, chess, classical music, and Latin.

Tessa Ng

Tessa is a fourth-year student specializing in Physics and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and the History and Philosophy of Science. Tessa’s main philosophical interests lie in the intersection of physics and philosophy, metaphysics, and logic. She fosters a particular affection for scientifically informed free-will and determinism debates. When she is not philosophizing, Tessa can be found bemoaning her math homework or engaging in a jovial game of badminton.

Aman Sakhardande

Aman is a fourth-year student studying philosophy and linguistics. His philosophical interests include phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial theory. His linguistic interests include syntax, phonology, and the evolution and acquisition of language. Outside of academics, he enjoys walking and running for long distances.


Zoe Levson

Zoe is a fourth-year philosophy specialist with a minor in Yiddish. Her philosophical interests include logic, metaphysics, and early analytic philosophy. Her previous editorial experience includes a position as an editor for The Oracle at York University. When she is not busy studying at Robarts, she is likely playing chess, doing sudoku, going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, or working at the local music store.

Simon Navarrete

Simon is a fourth-year student studying Philosophy and English. His philosophical interests include questions surrounding how moral responsibility should be attributed to our actions. In his free time he enjoys trawling Spotify for new music.

Aayu Pandey

Aayu is a third-year student specializing in physics and philosophy with a mathematics minor. Their philosophical interests include metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and philosophy of science and physics. They’re the Co-Chair of Hart House Student Literary & Library Committee and an International Mentor at Victoria College. Aayu does research on scientific change and the philosophy of quantum mechanics. Outside philosophy, Aayu loves modernist literature, differential equations, and making meals with friends.

Otan Shafizadeh

Otan is a second-year student majoring in philosophy and minoring in environmental studies as well as French language. His philosophical interests are Pragmatism, Marxism, post-analytic philosophy, philosophy of mind (particularly embodied cognition and enactivism), social philosophy and a growing interest in the Continental tradition. He admires the philosophies of Marx, Dewey, and Wittgenstein. Outside of philosophy, he is passionate about learning about the history of art and architecture.

Madison Zacharias

Madison is a third-year student studying Philosophy and Ethics Society & Law. She is primarily interested in questions about ethics and the use of philosophic methods to bring rigor and clarity to complex issues in our daily lives. She also enjoys studying the history of philosophy for those precious moments of, “aha! Aristotle said that first!” In her free time she loves music, stories, and whispering secrets to the trees.

Chris Zhu

Chris is a fourth-year student studying philosophy and computer science. Although they consider themselves a continental philosophy generalist, their primary philosophical interests are psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and their mutual dialogue/critique. They also support a software development side hustle that, for better or for worse, bears no relation to their philosophical commitments. On good days, they can be spotted wandering aimlessly through Harbourfront Park.

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