N. G. Laskowski
I'm a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach. You can view my philosophical lineage here.
Before CSULB, I was a Wissenshaftlicher Mitarbeiter at Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
Before UDE, I earned my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Southern California.
Before USC, I earned my BA in Philosophy and History at Rutgers University.
Contact: ngl.philosophy [at] gmail [dot] com
I'm a first-generation college graduate (my parents didn't attend college, their parents didn't, their parents didn't, and so on), committed to making other non-traditional students feel like they belong in the classroom.
My recent teaching schedule is listed below.
493/593: Social Ontology
101: The Meaning of Life
101: The Meaning of Life (x2)
351: Political Philosophy
I'm a metaethicist, first and foremost. However, in 2017, I began cultivating a longstanding interest in social philosophy.
My work in metaethics covers, primarily, ancient questions about how morality fits into the world as science and experience reveals it to be - naturalistic and secular. What is going on in our heads when we think that things are bad, good, right, wrong, and so on? Do these thoughts answer to anything in the world? A central theme of my work on these issues is that all parties to these disputes need to work harder to really appreciate why their opponents reject their views.
In social philosophy, I've published so far on the metaphysics, ethics, and language of sexuality and gender. Very broadly speaking, I defend the view that membership conditions for these categories are in the head, and no less significant for it. I'm also interested in related issues concerning class and disability.
Additionally, I've published on several other topics outside of metaethics and social philosophy, including the ethics of interpersonal relationships (directives and disprespect), epistemology (practical reasons for belief), and philosophy of mind (phenomenal consciousness).
Finally, I have enduring interests in the nature of honesty (especially self-directed honesty) and political philosophy (especially authority and philosophical anarchism) that I am in the prcoess of developing into a body of published work.
Papers, promised and provisionally forthcoming
No Gods, No Masters, No Authoritative Normativity (Joint work with Nathan Robert Howard) Oxford Handbok of Meta-Ethics
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How Normative Naturalism is Close to Nihilism Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 19
Talk here. Feedback welcome. Draft to be posted soon.
Resisting Reductive Realism Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 15 (2020)
Moral Constraints on Gender Concepts Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2020)
The Sense of Incredibility in Ethics Philosophical Studies (2019)
Moral Realism, Speech Act Diversity, and Expressivism The Philosophical Quarterly (2019)
Reductivism, Nonreductivism, and Incredulity about Streumer's Error Theory Analysis Reviews (2018)
Epistemic Modesty in Ethics Philosophical Studies (2018)
Non-Analytical Naturalism and the Nature of Normative Thought Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2015)
How to Pull a Metaphysical Rabbit out of an End-Relational Semantic Hat Res Philosophica (2014)
Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking, written by Terence Cuneo Journal of Moral Philosophy (2017)
I was raised by my mom's mom in a single-bedroom apartment in Roselle, New Jersey. I now live in Los Angeles. I have a wonderful spouse. We were married by Elvis. I'm a parent to a delightful toddler. I'm also a proud union member. I'm proud of my spouse and toddler, too, but in different ways.
I used to tour around the world in a diy punk band, shoot and edit feature-length indie films, and skateboard. Until recently, my family had a Jack Russel Terrier companion named 'Kjeks'.
In my free time these days, I'm usually at a playground with my kid, or I'm enjoying some of the aspects of LA that make it one of the world's best cities, like its restaurants and bars, and Dodger Stadium.
Completely unrelatedly but perhaps of interest, I was vegetarian for five years and strictly vegan for an additional 15. Now I'm pescatarian, for somewhat idiosyncratic ethical reasons involving the idea that our partial duties to our loved ones are more important than our impartial duties to others. I'm not sure it's the right decision. Feel free to inquire. I'm still sorting things out.