During my Spring 2018 Co-op, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) in Munich, Germany. My research explored the intersection between Gödel’s First Incompleteness Theorem and computational theories of mind in contemporary philosophy. I attended Graduate-level courses taught by leaders in both of the fields, and was able to discuss their research – and my own – with them, frequently. I worked closely with Assistant Professor Lavinia Picollo who taught a course on Gödel, and specializes in philosophy of math and logic, to refine my research methods and goals. To further complement my research, I attended multiple conferences and presentations by guest speakers at the MCMP where I was able to make valuable connections with philosophers from all over the world. Finally, I became a member of the Feminism+ Analytic Philosophy Reading Group and led discussions that were attended by both Masters’ and Doctoral students at the MCMP.
My Co-op at the MCMP was an indispensable experience that opened my eyes to the career that awaits me in Philosophy beyond Northeastern. The faculty and students were incredible to work alongside; they taught me how to navigate through academia and provided me with new tools for thinking about Philosophy in general. I highly recommend this position to anyone considering pursuing Analytic Philosophy at a Graduate-level; if I could do this Co-op again, I would.