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                                                SARAH K. PAUL

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Department of Philosophy                                                                                                    (415) 823-4707   University of Wisconsin, Madison                                                                                     skpaul@wisc.edu    5185 Helen C. White Hall                                                                                                                                               Madison, WI 53706       

SPECIALTY:  Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Practical Reason


                2015 (Fall):  Visiting Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

                2015–present:  Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

                2010–2015:  Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

                2009–2010:  Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College


    Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2003-2009

                Ph.D Philosophy, June 2009


How We Know What We’re Doing: An Inferential Explanation of Agential ‘Knowledge Without Observation’

Committee: Michael Bratman (chair), Krista Lawlor, John Perry, Nadeem Hussain

    Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1998-2002

B.A. Philosophy, June 2002, magna cum laude with Distinction in Philosophy.               




                The Philosophy of Action:  A Contemporary Introduction, under contract                                                   with Routledge.        


               "The Courage of Conviction," Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45(5-6)special issue                                       on "Belief, Rationality, and Agency Over Time."

               "The Transparency of Intention," Philosophical Studies 172(2), 2015.

               "Doxastic Self-Control," American Philosophical Quarterly 52(2), special                                                         issue on Reasons and Rationality, 2015.

               "Embarking on a Crime," Law and the Philosophy of Action. E. Villanueva, ed.  Rodopi                                 Press, 2014: 101-24.

                "The Transparency of Mind," Philosophy Compass 9(5), 2014: 295-303.

                "Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy," Inquiry, special                                                issue on Choice Over Time, Sergio Tenenbaum, ed.  57(3), 2014: 337-355.

                "Of Reasons and Recognition," with Jennifer Morton, Analysis 74(2), 2014: 339-348.

                "The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning:  The Shadow Between Idea and Act," Canadian                               Journal of Philosophy, 43(3), 2013: 287-302. 

                "How We Know What We Intend," Philosophical Studies, 161(2), 2012:  327-346.  

                 "Deviant Formal Causation," Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 5(3), 2011.

   “Intention, Belief, and Wishful Thinking:  Setiya on ‘Practical Knowledge’,” Ethics 119                  (3), 2009: 546-557.

  “How We Know What We’re Doing,” Philosophers’ Imprint, 9(11), 2009.


            “Intention," International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.


Manuel Vargas and Gideon Yaffe, Rational and Social Agency (Oxford 2014), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.

Alan H. Goldman, Reasons from Within: Desires and Values (Oxford 2010).  Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.

Richard Holton, Willing, Wanting, Waiting (Oxford 2008), Mind 120 (479): 889-892, 2011.  


            TBD, UNC-Chapel Hill, October 2016.

            TBD, Ohio State University, September 2016. 

            "The Courage of Conviction," University of Vermont, September 2015.

            "The Courage of Conviction," UT-Austin, August 2015.

            "Rationality, Normativity, and Self-Governance," UC-Riverside, February 2015.

             "Good Intentions and the Road to Hell," UC-Irvine, January 2015.

             "Good Intentions and the Road to Hell," Ryerson University, November 2014.

             "Good Intentions and the Road to Hell," University of Pittsburgh, November 2014. 

            "Thought Crimes:  The Case of the Cannibal Cop," Philosophers Tackle Contemporary Issues                                 Lecture Series, Madison, October 2014. 

              "Embarking on a Crime," University of Toronto, February 2013.

              "Embarking on a Crime," University of Auckland, January 2013.

              "Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy," Utrecht University,                                                 August 2012.

               "The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning:  The Shadow Between Idea and Act,"                                                        Center for the Study of Mind and Nature, CSMN, University of Oslo, January 2012.

                "The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning:  The Shadow Between Idea and Act,"                                                         CUNY-City College of New York, November 2011.

                “How We Know What We’re Doing:  Intention, Belief, and Knowledge                                                                 Without Observation”

University of Wisconsin - Madison, January 2010                                                                 Rice University, January 2010                                                                                                     University of Southern California, February 2009                                                                 Bowdoin College, April 2009                                                                                                     Colgate College, April 2009                                                                                                         Stanford University Social Ethics and Normative Theory Workshop, 2009                  UC - Berkeley, January 2008


            "Resisting the Temptation of Willpower," workshop on Agency and Time, University of Oslo,                     August 2016.

            "Rationality and Self-Blindness," WIPHICA, Northwestern University, May 2016.

            "Rationality and Self-Blindness," "Varieties of Self-Knowledge," Harvard University, March                            2016.    

            "Rationality and Self-Blindness," Epistemology of Action symposium at the Central APA                                2016.

           "The Courage of Conviction," Keynote address, "Reason, Action, and Morality" undergraduate                      conference, Illinois State University, March 2016.

            "The Courage of Conviction,", Midwest Epistemology Workshop, October 2015 

           "The Courage of Conviction," Belief, Action, and Rationality Over Time" conference, UW-                                    Madison, September 2015.

            "Resisting the Temptation of 'Willpower," Dartmouth Moral Psychology Workshop, April                                     2015.

             "Continent Believing," Symposium on Free Will and Epistemology, Pacific APA, April 2015.

             "Normativity and Self-Governance," Normativity and Practical Reasoning Workshop, NYU-                                   Abu Dhabi, January 2015.

              "Good Intentions and the Road to Hell," conference on The Moral Significance of Intention,                                 University of Leeds, June 2014.

               "Embarking on a Crime," Columbia University, Joseph Raz's Legal Theory Seminar,                                                 November 2013.

               "Doxastic Self-Control," Keynote Address, University of Iowa Graduate Conference,                                                 November 2013.  

               "Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy," workshop on Rationality                                         Over Time, CSMN, University of Oslo, August 2013.

                 "The Transparency of Intention," SPAWN conference on "Transparency of Mind," August                                 2013.

                "How We Know What We Intend," Workshop on "Practical Knowledge," University of                                         Leipzig, April 2013.

               "The Force of the 'Because'," Philosophy of Action Group Session, Pacific APA, March 2013.

               "Doxastic Self-Control," Auburn University, conference on Theoretical Agency:  Issues at                                 the Intersection of Freedom and Belief," March 2013.

                "Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy," Northwestern University

                             Philosophy and Linguistics Workshop, May 2012.

                "The Indifferent Gardener," Practical Knowledge Workshop, University of Basel,                                             July 2010.


           On Berislav Marušić, "Do Reasons Expire?" "Normativity and Reasoning" workshop, NYU-

                Abu Dhabi, January 2016.

           Commentator, Pea Soup symposium on John Brunero's "Cognitivism about Practical                                 Rationality," September 2015.

            Featured Blogger, Flickers of Freedom, August 2015

            On Kenny Walden, "Ideals," Midsummer Philosophy Workshop, Cambridge University,                             June 2014.

            On Agnes Callard, "Aspiration," NYU-Abu Dhabi, Workshop on Normativity and Practical                         Reasoning, January 2014.

            On Mark Schroeder, "Knowledge is Belief for Sufficient (Subjective and Objective)                                         Reason," UNC--Chapel Hill, Conference on Epistemic Normativity, November 2013.

             On Lisa Bortolotti, "Imperfect Beliefs," at "The Nature of Belief," Harvard                                                          University,  September 2012.

           On Michael Bratman, Luca Ferrero, and Sergio Tenenbaum, invited symposium, "Choice                                     over Time," Pacific APA, April 2012.

           Discussant, Workshop on Gideon Yaffe's Attempts, University of Southern                                                             California, October 2011.

           On Luca Ferrero "Diachronic Rational Constraints," St. Louis Conference on Reasons                                          and Rationality, May 2011.

           On Anton Ford "Practical Reason and Perception," at Virtue, Action, Reason: A Symposium                             for Anselm Mueller, University of Chicago, April 2011        

           On Iskra Fileva “A Puzzle about Knowledge in Action,” Eastern Division APA Meeting 2010 

           On Joseph Ulatowski "An Experimental Approach to Act Individuation," at the Southern

        Society of Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting 2010. 


"Doxastic Self-Control," St. Louis Conference on Reasons and Rationality, May2013

“Double Effect, Single Explanation,” Pacific APA 2010 

                “Narrative Understanding and Practical Knowledge,” Central APA 2007

 “The Semantics/Pragmatics Deride: Understanding Malapropisms,” Stanford-Berkeley-

            Davis Graduate Conference, 2005


UW Honored Instructor Award, 2014, 2015

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Summer Research Fellowship, 2012

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, Stanford Introduction to the Humanities Program,

Fall 2008

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper Prize, Central Division Meeting of the APA, 2007

Fulbright Grant, Germany, 2002-2003

Distinction in Philosophy, Carleton College, 2002

Phi Beta Kappa


Referee for Ethics, Mind, Nous, Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Practice, Philosophical Psychology, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Thought, Erkenntnis, Theoria, Philosophia, Ergo, Topoi, MIT Press, and Routledge.

Editorial Board, Ergo (2015-).

Mentor, MarketBoost program to mentor women on the philosophy job market (2014-).