Laura Papish

Laura Papish

Laura Papish

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Core Faculty


Email: Laura Papish
Office Phone: (202) 994-4168

I am currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy with specializations in Immanuel Kant's practical philosophy and ethical theory more generally.  My works in progress consider Kant's account of a federation of nations, how Kant's natural-historical writings can shed light on his theory of radical evil, and the role of hope in Kant's thought.

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

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


Kant on Evil, Self-Deception, and Moral Reform. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2018.


“Kant on Race and the Radical Evil in the Human Species.”  Forthcoming in European Journal of Philosophy.  

“Duty.”  In Understanding Kant’s Groundwork, edited by Steven M. Cahn.  Indianapolis: Hackett, 2023.

"Kant and Williams on Guilt, Shame, and the Morality System." In The Moral Psychology of Guilt, edited by Brad Cokelet and Corey Maley. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.

“Kant’s Revised Account of the Non-Moral Imperatives of Practical Reason.”  Ergo, vol. 5, no. 11 (2018): 289-317. 

“Expansionist Interpretations of Radical Evil.”  In Natur und FreiheitProceedings of the 12th International Kant Congress.  Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018.

“CAPS Psychology and the Empirical Adequacy of Aristotelian Virtue Ethics.”  Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 20, no. 3 (2017): 537-549. 

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

“Promoting Black (Social) Identity.” Social Theory and Practice, vol. 41, no. 1 (2015): 1-25.

“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, vol. 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. 


Martin Sticker, Rationalizing (Vernünfteln).  Kantian Review, 671-673.

"Rethinking Kant 5." British Journal for the History of Philosophy. Online first date: 19 November 2018.

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.