Rashad Akhter Gabriele Rehman
Born August 1, 1997. Canadian citizen.
Honors. Bachelor of Arts (BA). The University of Western, Ontario. Canada (2015-2019).
Honors Specialization in Philosophy.
‘Love’ in Kierkegaard and Pieper
Certificate in Practical German.
Texts Translated (from German and Ecclesiastical/Medieval Latin): Josef Pieper’s Bande Eins: Platon (of his Werke) and Die Ontische Grundlage des Sittlichen nach Thomas von Aquin. (Both in progress).
1st Year: 2015/2016 Dean’s List (82%)
2nd Year: 2016/2017 Dean’s List (89%)
3rd Year: 2017/2018: (In progress).
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Ivey Foundation Continuing Awards in Arts
Faculty of Arts and Humanities Alumni Awards
St. Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Bursary Award at Father Leo. J Austin Catholic Secondary School. (Final Examination Graded 100%; 96% Final Mark in Philosophy).
The Western Scholarship of Excellence
Faculty of Arts and Humanities Entrance Scholarship of Excellence
Ivey Foundation Continuing Awards in Arts
“Ethics, Homelessness and The Liberal and Servile Arts Distinction” in The Ethics of Homelessness (2nd edition). (Abstract accepted for publication, initial draft in progress).
“Disintegrating Particles, Non-Local Causation and Category Mistakes: What do Conservation Laws have to do with Dualism?” Conatus Journal of Philosophy (Accepted for publication, date to be printed and bibliographic information pending).
“The Ontic Foundation of Hope: Josef Pieper’s Critique of Atheistic Existentialism”, The Oracle: York University’s Undergraduate Philosophical Review. Issue 10, 2017: 23-31.
“Theistic Explanations of the Ontology of Consciousness”, Discussions: Case Western Reserve University’s Undergraduate Research Journal XIII. I (2017): 17-23.
“A Teleological Argument: Cosmological Fine-Tuning, Facts and Explanations” Semi-Colon: Western University’s Undergraduate Arts and Humanities Academic Journal IX.III (2015): 46-51.
“Pascal’s Wager: A Metaphorical Interpretation.” Semi-Colon: Western University’s Undergraduate Arts and Humanities Academic Journal IX.III (2015) (Accepted for publication, “A Teleological Argument” printed instead).
“Catholicism and Moral Philosophy”, The Slant I.0 (2015): 6.
Conference Papers Read and Other Academic Presentations:
“Do ‘Myths’ Persist? An Exegesis and Critique of Metcalfe’s Defense of Blumenbergian Mythos” Engaging the Contemporary 2017: Issues in Contemporary Political and Social Philosophy, The University of Malta, November, 2017. (Abstract accepted; non-attendance due to conference overlap with Engaging the Contemporary).
“A Metcalfean-Pieperian Critique of Radical Individualism within Modern Educational Institutions.” Civility, Nonviolent Resistance and The New Struggle for Social Justice. Concerned Philosophers for Peace: 30th Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC, November 2017.
“Bridging Θεωρία and σχολή as a Guide to ἀλήθεια in Josef Pieper’s Werke” Presented to The Graduate Students of the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto on the conference theme “Fidelity of Fides: Authenticity in the Classical World” October, 2017.
“The Ontic Foundation of Hope: Kant’s Question and Pieper’s Answer to Sartre” York University’s National Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, thematically “The Meaning of Life”, April 2017.
“Consciousness, theism and explanation”. Western Student Research Conference (WSRC), Paper “Theistic Explanations of the Ontology of Consciousness” explicated and defended at Western University’s Undergraduate Multi-Disciplinary Research Conference, University of Western, March, 2016.
“Phenomenological or Ontological Sameness over Time? A Critical Response to Natasha Germana’s “Experiencing Mortality””, Paper read to Undergraduate Philosophy Conference held by King’s College Philosophy Club, University of Western Ontario, April, 2016.
“Exploring the Foundations of Bioethics Philosophically”, Lecture (with Q&A) to Lifeline University Club, University of Western Ontario, November, 2016.
“‘Sight’ in Platonic Metaphysics and Aristotelian Eudaimonia” (with Q&A), invited high school presentation to Grade 11 Philosophy Class, Father Leo J. Austin, December 19th, 2016.
Work Study with Dr. Pietro Pirani (2016/2017) in the field of Political Philosophy and Theology on the topic of τὸ κατέχον (katechon) contextually set in St. Paul’s 2nd Thessalonians 2: 6-7. Responsibilities included: Reading contemporary literature in the topic and meeting ceteris paribus bi-weekly for discussions. Discussions included considerations of contemporary and historical thinkers, historical interpretations of katechon beginning with St. Paul, onward to St. Augustine and contemporary Italian political philosophers i.e., Giorgio Agamben. Dr. Pirani’s research was presented at the Italian Political Philosophy Conference in March 2017, and I had the privilege of moderating it.
Western Student Research Conference
Research conducted in the Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion supervised by Dr. Pietro Pirani, Department of Political Science and Modern Languages and Literatures. The research, taking the form of a published research essay (see above for the reference) “Theistic Explanations of the Ontology of Consciousness” was thereafter presented at Western Student Research Conference (WSRC), an Undergraduate Multi-Disciplinary Research Conference, University of Western, March, 2016, under the title “Consciousness, theism and explanation.”
English (native and fluent)
Italian (intermediate level) (Completed Intermediate Level with Honors)
German (introductory level) (Completed Introductory Level with Honors)
French (reading proficiency with dictionary)
Attic Greek (in progress)
Koine Greek (in progress)
Medieval/Ecclesiastical Latin (in progress)
Volunteer Experience and Interests:
London Hospitality Center Volunteering
Volunteering Bi-Weekly During the School Year with Kings University College (2017). Duties included: Serving those in need with food, music and a safe, loving and welcoming environment. Particularly, making coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sandwiches, stacking dishes and maintaining the floor.
Summer Social Companion
One on one, three hour visits with a resident at Thortonview nursing home (2017). This paid work involved taking the resident outside to talk, engage in various activities i.e., painting, playing cards, as well as trips over to the local mall. This involved also talking to other residents who worked (or lived) in Thortonview and learning the necessary safety procedures for working with in a nursing home environment.
Private tutoring in Grade 10 History, Science and English (Summer 2017). In History, Canadian history, specifically World War I and II, 1920s and 30s and technological, economical and architectural developments were considered. In Science, we considered elementary biology, physics and ecology with an emphasis on creating formal presentations of scientific research. In English, to be of proper formal assistance I read, and was therefore able to teach, the material required (specifically The First Stone by Don Aker) and assisted in creating of the concept map and rough draft of the essay for submission.
Moderated Two Sessions at The Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy (King’s University College) and The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism (Western University) “New Italian Thought: Challenges and Responses” conference March 24 – 26, 2017. My responsibilities included introducing the philosophers and moderating the Q&A periods, manage time and conclude the session.
This is my undergraduate blog (2015-2019) where I post (usually) formal essays which I have written for either publication, university classes, research conferences, personal research, et cetera. The topics explored revolve around philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and existentialism.
Western Student Research Conference
Western University’s annual research conference. (2016-2017) Team Leader of the Research Team (executive position). Responsibilities: Overlooking progress of the research team, managing incoming abstracts with other members, contacting librarians to set up archiving academic essays received as well as contacting graduate students and professors to judge the oral and poster presentations.
Western University’s Autism Awareness Club; participated in meetings, London Santa Clause Parade and Winter Tubing Event (2015/2016).
Unpublished Translations (into English)
“Die Ontische Grundlage des Sittlichen nach Thomas von Aquin“ (1929), Josef Pieper. (In progress).
“Durchblicke zur historischen Morphologie der ontologischen Distanz“ from Hans Blumemberg’s dissertation Die Ontologische Distanz: Eine Untersuchung uber die Krisis der Phanomenologie Husserls (1950) (In progress).
Guardini Chapters from Platone e Socrate.
“Von Goethe und Thomas von Aquin und vom klassichen Geist” (1924), Romano Guardini. (In progress).
“La Problema Fenomenologia di Male: La Formulazione di Nietzsche e una Risposta” (In progress)
Aristotele (1857), Antonio Rosmini-Serbati. (In progress)
Self-Published, Unedited Books (Available Upon Request)
The Quotable Josef Pieper. Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Press, 2017. Print. 120+pgs. (Direct Access Only—Available Upon Request).
An Essay Outlining Socio-Phenomenological Acedia. 120+pgs. Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Press, 2017. Print. (Direct Access Only—Available Upon Request).
Introduction to Analytic Christian Philosophy. 300+pgs. Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Press, 2017. Print. (Direct Access Only—Available Upon Request).
2011-2016. 604+pgs. Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Press, 2017. Print. (Direct Access Only—Available Upon Request). (Collection of my books, selected papers and independent studies over the span of five years—not fully edited, but compiled).