Laura Papish

Laura Papish

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Director of Graduate Studies
Rome 562, Office Hours: R 5:00-6:00
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 currently have under contract with Oxford University Press a book manuscript titled Kant on Evil, Self-Deception, and Moral Reform (see the Table of Contents here).  I also have under review an article on Kant's late theory of instrumental reason.  Longer term, I will be working on what Kant's epistemology shares in common with virtue-based approaches to the theory of knowledge, Kant's theory of punishment, the alleged inevitability of transcendental illusion in the first Critique, and Iris Murdoch's notion of attention in The Sovereignty of Good.  



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.


"CAPS Psychology and the Empirical Adequacy of Aristotelian Virtue Ethics.”  Forthcoming, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.  DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9769-7

“Expansionist Interpretations of Radical Evil.” In Natur und Freiheit, Akten des 12.
Internationalen Kant-Kongresses. Berlin: De Gruyter, in press.

“Kant on the Independence of the Moral Law from Sensibility.”, Kantian Review,  vol. 20, no. 1 (2015): 77-98.

“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.