Spotlight on Ethan Magistro '24

June 26, 2024

The senior thesis of philosophy major Ethan Magistro was one of four theses from across all academic disciplines selected for this year’s senior thesis feature on the University’s homepage. “Eternalism, Ethics, and the Spirit of Philosophical Inquiry” also earned Magistro the Department of Philosophy Class of 1869 Prize for theses in moral or social philosophy, a departmental Tomb Prize for theses in the philosophy of time and a University Center for Human Values senior thesis prize.

“Ethan’s thesis topic is fascinating,” said Hans Halvorson, Stuart Professor of Philosophy and Magistro’s adviser. “He examines the question of whether physics shows that the future is already real and so we have equal obligations to future generations as we have to the current generation.”

Magistro, who minored in environmental studies and the history and practice of diplomacy, has interned with the US Office of Space Commerce and says he is looking to expand current theories of international relations and security studies into space.

Read the full story of this young philosopher hoping to shape how humanity uses and develops outer space, now and in the future.