Judit Szalai received her Ph.D. from CEU's Department of Philosophy in 2006. Her dissertation topic was Descartes's dualism in the light of his accounts of various psychophysical processes, especially in The Passions of the Soul. Other than 17th-century philosophy, her research is mostly in philosophical psychology. She has given talks and written about many aspects of the emotions.
István Aranyosi was the first to graduate from the PhD program of the Philosophy Department. Since 2007 he is an assistant professor at the Philosophy Department of Bilkent University, the most prestigious higher education institution in Turkey, with the most competitive and highly rated philosophy department in the country. During his years at CEU István focused on metaphysics and philosophy of mind.