Marina Folescu

I specialize in History of Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind and Language. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Missouri. This semester I teach Philosophy of Film, drawing on my background in art history, art criticism, and aesthetics, in addition to philosophy of mind. In the Fall 2017, I held a research position at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), in Edinburgh. This was made possible by the APA Edinburgh Fellowship ( and the MU Research Council.

I earned my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Southern California (2013). Before starting graduate school in philosophy, I studied art history in Bucharest, Romania (BA, 2002) and London, Canada (MA, 2005.)

My dissertation offered a new interpretation of Thomas Reid's philosophical work, focusing on his integrative approach to singular thought. I argued that, according to him, the faculties of the mind function together to give us knowledge of the individual objects of the world.

Much like G. E. Moore, beside common sense philosophy, I enjoy the simple pleasures of life: gardening, hiking, watching films, seeing paintings, and running in sandals.