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PhD, Humboldt University, Berlin (philosophy); PhD, MA, Princeton University (comparative literature); BA, Brown University
Catharine Diehl’s research concerns metaphysics, as well as the philosophies of Leibniz and Kant. Her dissertation, “Ontological Nihilism and Existential Commitment,” undertakes a systematic investigation of ontological nihilism, the view that it is not the case that individuals are part of the basic fabric of the world. Currently, she is working on several projects concerning principles of individuation and the logic of identity. She has recently started a new project on the phenomenon of inexpressible ignorance. In addition to teaching at Bates, Diehl is a member of the Being without Foundations project, co-hosted by the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and the University of Glasgow.