The Project Team
Get to know our interdisciplinary team of researchers
Dr. Anna Tomaszewska
Anna is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, where she completed her PhD in Philosophy in 2011. In the project, she strives to compare Kant's philosophy of religion with Spinoza's, bearing in mind that they were the philosophers, whose ideas shaped both the Enlightenment and the German Idealism. In 2015-2018, she was the Principal Investigator in the National Science Centre-funded project on Enlightenment, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience, and before that, in 2013-2016, the main co-investigator in the project Radical and Conservative Thinkers in the Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity. Apart from early modern philosophy, she is also interested in theory of cognition, in which she has published a monograph The Contents of Perceptual Experience: A Kantian Perspective (De Gruyter, 2014).
Dr. Hasse Hämäläinen
Hasse has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh (2015). In the project, his tasks encompass, apart from authoring and maintaining this website, preparing research on baron d'Holbach's approach to the question of the relationship between reason and religion. From 2015 until 2018, he was researching Enlightenment conceptions of moral conscience as a Co-Investigator in the National Science Centre-funded project on Enlightenment, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience. His publications include a collection of articles co-edited with Anna Tomaszewska, The Sources of Secularism: Enlightenment and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Dr. Marta Kwaśnicka
Marta has a PhD in History from the Pontifical University of John Paul II and an MA in Philosophy from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In the project, she engages in the study of religious responses to post-Enlightenment secularisation with a special focus on the literary criticism of Andrzej Kijowski. From 2011 until 2017, she was lecturing at the Pontifical University of John Paul II. Her publications include a monograph Unfinished Discussion: 19th-century Catholic-Orthodox Polemic between Ivan Gagarin SJ and Alexei S. Chomiakov (Jagiellonian University Press, 2008) (co-edited with Leszek Augustyn), and an introduction to Andrzej Kijowski’s selected writings Andrzej Kijowski – a myth of a critic (Instytut Literatury, 2020). Marta is also an award-winning writer. In 2019 she published a collection of short stories titled Pomyłka.
Dr. Damian Barnat
Damian works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Physical Education in Kraków. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the Jagiellonian University in 2016. In the project, he studies the relations between the Enlightenment and secularization in the interpretations of Charles Taylor and Ian Hunter. Damian has also been a co-Investigator in the project dedicated to Enlightenment, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience, and a collaborator in the project Radical and Conservative Thinkers in the Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity. His doctoral thesis, to be published as a book by the University of Nicolaus Copernicus Press in Toruń, analyses Charles Taylor’s conception of western secularity and secularism.
Dr. William Wood
William received his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 2021. In the project, he works as a German-to-English translator for the project. He is interested in post-Kantian philosophy, especially Hegel, Nietzsche and Leo Strauss, ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. His doctoral thesis presents an original interpretation of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil as a work of first philosophy.