ethan nowak

е.nоwак@ucl.ас.uк (NB:copy/paste won't work)

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

Most of my work is on mind and language, although recently I have been working on a substantial project in ethics, as well.

One major line of enquiry for me concerns demonstratives; I argue that to understand them, we have to look at a much broader range of uses than philosophers usually do. I develop a semantic theory that will cover those uses, and I show how that theory suggests changes to the way we often think about content, communication, and other big ticket philosophical questions.

I am currently working on a book about what is at stake when languages become endangered, and I have serious interests in the metaphysics of mind (my BPhil thesis was on emergentism), and 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.