Zach sitting in McCorkle Place


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Zach Thornton 

I am a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, I completed my BA at Michigan State University. I am a graduate fellow in the Applied Epistemology Project at UNC. During the fall of 2022, I was a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia.

I work primarily in metaphysics, particularly on issues related to identity and distinctness. My dissertation "Essays on Identity" investigates numerical identity and why it matters.

In addition to my work in metaphysics, I also have projects in the social philosophy of language on speaking up against harmful speech. 

I believe video games can be fun and pedagogically rich teaching tools that can help create an inclusive classroom, especially for neurodivergent students ( To promote the use of games in philosophical pedagogy, I have created a list of games for teaching philosophy.