Laura Papish

Laura Papish

Title:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Director of Graduate Studies
Office:
Rome 562, Office Hours: R 5:30-6:30
Phone: 202-994-4168
Email:
laurapapish@gwu.edu

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

Background

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: https://dcbmorekantgroup.wordpress.com

Current Research

I currently have under review a book manuscript of Kant's theory of evil and papers on Kant and self-deception, Kant's theory of self-love, and Kant later theory of instrumental reason.  I also have under review a paper on empirical critiques of Aristotelian virtue ethics.  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.  

 

Education

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.

Publications

“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.

Classes Taught

PHIL 2111.10 TR 3:45-5:00