Hesam was a great TA and I’m happy to get him once more next term. He was pleasant and professional with me, the other TAs, and the students. Both with teaching and with marking, he not only fully utilized the resources I provided, he did made suitable innovations of his own. I’ve scored him on “Instructional Content” above despite normally leaving this as N/A partly for this reason and partly because he forced me to resolve a longstanding problem in the course manual.
We didn’t receive TA evaluations from a large number of students, but those we did receive for Hesam were very positive, ranging from the mildest criticism the highest praise (“best TA ever” type comments), with the typical comment being highly complimentary.
Looking forward to another term with Hesam.
Teaching Assistant Evaluation (SFU), Fall 2020
This (An Acquittal for Epistemicism) is a very well-written piece of scholarship which makes a powerful and convincing argument for a reconsideration of Scott Soames’ arguments against epistemicism. The argument is clearly outlined and presented and, whether one ultimately accepts that argument, there is no question that it is a piece of scholarship of the very highest quality. For that reason alone, it should be published.
Very minor revisions could be made for clarity; I have highlighted in yellow in the attached pdf some places in the article where some re-writing for clarity might help. These are minor, though, and need only be addressed at the Editor’s/author’s discretion. Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this submission and I commend the author for an outstanding piece of work.
The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Summer 2018
Honors and Awards
- Educational Honors:
- Rank 1 in Iranian National University Entrance Exam for PhD of Philosophy of Logic (2018)
- Top Student at the School of Philosophy in Tarbiat Modares University (2017)
- Rank 1 in Iranian National University Entrance Exam for M.A of Philosophy (2015)
- Rank 5 in Iranian National University Entrance Exam for M.A in Philosophy of Science (2015)
- Rank 256 (147 in the region) among more than 500,000 participants in National University Entrance Exam (2010)
- Awards & Fellowships:
- Graduate Summer Fellowship, Simon Fraser University (2020)
- Travel funding, Simon Fraser University (2019)
- SGES (special graduate entrance scholarship), Simon Fraser University (2019)
- Dissertation Grant, Tarbiat Modares University (2017)
- Research Assistance Grant, Iran's National Elites Foundation (INEF) (2015-2017)
- Entrance Fellowship, Tarbiat Modares University (2015)
I have always been enthusiastic about cutting-edge research in engineering. I started to collaborate with IEEE (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering) in 2013 and I co-founded the first Magazine of IEEE Student Branch at University of Tehran. I was also the editor-in-chief for the first editions. Moreover, I edited IEEE Iran Section Newsletter for 4 years. (below pictures)
My association with IEEE has continued for several years even after my graduation. I hope to keep on working with this institute (Some of the appreciation certificates which I received from IEEE are in the picture).
Engineering is a inseparable part of my life. I am mentally and emotionally attached to it.
I spent 5 years of my life at University of Tehran. I fell in love there, I learned about my keen interest in Philosophy there. I had the worst days and the best days of my life with my friends who I found there. University of Tehran was my home and it will always be.
In below picture, you can see my colleagues at University of Tehran. Some of these guys are the smartest people I have ever seen.
Philosophy Era (2015-Now)
I took the National Entrance Exam for Philosophy in 2015 and I achieved rank 1 although I was competing against the students who had just received their B.A. in Philosophy. I entered Tarbiat Modares University which is the best school of Philosophy in Iran and I enjoyed courses with the best philosophers of the country.
I wrote a dissertation, titled "Functionality of Vagueness in Law" under the supervision and mentorship of Prof. Davood Hosseini, on the conjunction of Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Language, and Applied Ethics and graduated in 2017. At the right you see the announcement of my defense session.
I enjoyed the courses in Non-classic Logic and Philosophy of Science with Prof. Lotfollah Nabavi and Philosophy of Language with Prof. Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hodjati. I also attended a course on Philosophy of Mind at Sharif University of Technology lectured by Prof. Ebrahim Azadegan.
I published a journal paper one year later, titled "An Acquittal for Epistemicism" in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, which provided many of the materials for my M.A. dissertation. It was the first and the only journal in which I submitted my manuscript and it was accepted in the first try. My manuscript was blind-reviewed, received very positive comments from the unknown reviewers, and was published in September 2018. One of the comments comes as follows:
This is a very well-written piece of scholarship which makes a powerful and convincing argument for a reconsideration of Scott Soames' arguments against epistemicism. The argument is clearly outlined and presented and, whether one ultimately accepts that argument, there is no question that it is a piece of scholarship of the very highest quality. For that reason alone, it should be published.
Very minor revisions could be made for clarity; I have highlighted in yellow in the attached pdf some places in the article where some re-writing for clarity might help. These are minor, though, and need only be addressed at the Editor's/author's discretion. Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this submission and I commend the author for an outstanding piece of work.
My other papers were also accepted in several International, National, and Student Conferences. The subjects of these papers varied from Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Language to Philosophy of Technology, Spinoza and Culture.
During my master's and after that, I was also an active member of professional societies in Philosophy and Logic. I was one of the editors of Philosophy Magazine at Tarbiat Modares University and the editor-in-chief of the Association for Logic Bulletin (The pictures).
I also occasionally collaborate with different newspapers and magazines on general issues like Rock Music and Fashion. Furthermore, I have published a book (on mathematics for high-school students), a travelogue, a couple of interviews and some translations.
Since September 2019, I started my second M.A. in Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. So far, I have passed/audited the following courses:
UBC, Department of Philosophy
- Topics in Political Philosophy (Coercion) Spring 2020
- Moral Philosophy (Free-will and Responsibility), Spring 2020
SFU, Department of Philosophy
- Proseminar Fall 2019
- Advanced Moral and Legal Problems (Normativity and Law) Fall 2019
- Topics in Political Philosophy (Privacy) Spring 2020
- Selected Topics on Logic (History of Logic) Summer 2020
- Topics in Epistemology (Analytic-Synthetic Distinction) Fall 2020
- On What Is Not, CUNY Fall 2020
- Critical Thinking (PHIL 105Q; Spring 2021, Fall 2020)
- Logic and Reasoning (PHIL 110Q, Spring 2020)
- Moral and Legal Problems (PHIL 120W, Fall 2019)
Find me in the first Y! :)