Laura Papish

Laura Papish

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Director of Graduate Studies
Rome 562, Office Hours: R 5:30-6:30
Phone: 202-994-4168

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Specialization: Kant, Ethics
Area of Competence: Applied Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (including Philosophy of Race and Feminist Theory), Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, 19th-20th Century Continental Philosophy


I am currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at GWU, having graduated from Northwestern University in June 2011.  My dissertation focused on constructivism, both as an historical interpretation of Kant's ethics and as an independent approach to moral theory.  Before arriving at GW, I taught philosophy at SUNY Oswego, The Johns Hopkins University, Drexel University, and Villanova University.  

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Along with several other wonderful philosophers, I am a member of the DC-Baltimore Kant Workshop:

Current Research

I am currently writing and revising papers on the following topics in Kant's moral theory: radical evil, the hypothetical imperative, Kant's response to current debates in empirical psychology, and Kant's hedonism regarding non-moral choice and motivation.  Outside of Kant's ethics, I have papers in progress on whether CAPS psychology can lead to an empirically adequate virtue ethics and Scanlon's contractualism.  Longer term, I am interested in writing a paper on Hume's claim that the passions are original existences.



Ph.D. in Philosophy.  Northwestern University.  June 2011.
M.A. in Philosophy.  Villanova University.  December 2004.
B.A. in Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude and Honors in Philosophy. Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College.  May 2001.


“Kant on the Independence of the Moral Law from Sensibility.” Forthcoming, Kantian Review.

“Promoting Black (Social) Identity.” Forthcoming, Social Theory and Practice, vol. 41, no. 1 (2015).

“Aristotle on Common Perception.” Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science, vol. 47, no. 3 (2014): 342-355.

“Moral Feeling and Moral Conversion in Kant’s Religion.” Idealistic Studies, vo. 43, no. 1 & 2, (2013): 11-26.

“The Changing Shape of Korsgaard’s Understanding of Constructivism.” Journal of Value Inquiry, vol. 45, no. 2 (2011): 451-463.

“The Cultivation of Sensibility in Kant’s Moral Philosophy.” Kantian Review, vol. 12, no. 2 (2007): 128−146.

Classes Taught

PHIL 2111.10 TR 3:45-5:00