ethan nowak


I am currently a Teaching Fellow at UCL, where I teach modules in logic and language. I finished my PhD in 2016 at UC Berkeley. 

Most of my work is on the philosophy of language and formal semantics. My dissertation is about demonstratives; I argue that if we want to understand them, we have to look at a much broader range of uses than philosophers usually do, and I develop a semantic theory that will cover those uses.

I am also interested in metaphysics (I wrote a BPhil thesis on emergentism), as well as some of the philosophical themes in Russian literature.

In 2000, I co-founded a non-profit organization that I ran until 2010. In 2005, the organization became the US counterpart to Ayuda Directa, an NGO that is currently active in Ecuador.

In 2011-2012, I studied at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, on a Fulbright fellowship.