SF State Pre-Doctoral Scholar: Syl Kocięda

Syl Kocięda, Philosophy graduate student


Syl was master's student in the graduate program in Philosophy at SF State. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Temple University, Syl worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Southern California for a number of years while taking evening classes in philosophy at Irvine Valley College. She is primarily interested in metaphysics, epistemology and ethics in early modern philosophy. Her secondary interests include animal ethics, critical race theory, and feminist history of philosophy.  In Fall 2012, Syl joined the PhD program in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Syl has been a volunteer with Molding Hearts, an organization that supports working-class adults with developmental disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys watching old films, re-viewing Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, collecting postpunk-meets-darkwave music, and finding beauty in the work of Edward Gorey.