N. G. Laskowski

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park 

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My core work in moral philosophy explores what morality would have to be like to be a part of the natural world. More recently, I've begun working on several interconnected projects on honesty, moral conscience, and artificial intelligence.  

In social philosophy, I work on the nature of sexuality and gender. Very broadly speaking, I defend the views that your sexual orientation and gender are determined by features "in the head" but are no less morally significant for it.

My research is also highly and unapologetically collaborative with ~40% of my published, forthcoming, or in progress work being co-authored.

Selected Recent Writing

Complete list at Google Scholar or PhilPeople.org

The Stuff That Matters, Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 19 (2024)

AI Language Models Cannot Replace Human Research Participants w/ Harding, D'Alessandro, & Long, AI and Society (2023)

Categorical Phenomenalism about Sexual Orienation w/ Whitlow, Philosophy & Phenomenological Research (2023)


I'm a 1st-generation college graduate (my parents didn't attend college, theirs didn't...), committed to making non-traditional students feel like they belong in the classroom. 

Here are my recent and upcoming teaching assignments:

Fall 2024

Phil 808: Naturalism, Non-Naturalism, and Normativity

Phil 338: Life's Meaning

Spring 2024

Phil 408/PHPE 408: Social Ontology


I view service as an important political outlet for advancing philosophy on campus and beyond. During 2023-2024 AY, I am serving as a member of my department's job search committee. 


I was raised by my maternal grandma in a single-bedroom apartment in Roselle, New Jersey, ~ 20 miles SW of NYC. My wonderful spouse and I were married by Elvis. We have a delightful toddler. We live in DC.