Paul L. Franco

Lecturer in Philosophy | UW - Seattle

I have taught at the University of Washington in the Department of Philosophy since 2012 as a contingent faculty member: First as an Acting Assistant Professor, and now as a Lecturer (since 2016). Before teaching at UW, I taught at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania (where I got my PhD).

As a Lecturer, I teach six to seven classes a year across the curriculum: History of Philosophy -- 17th & 18th c., and 20th c. (sorry, 19th c.!) -- Ethics, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Logic, and Practical Reasoning. In 2016, I was a nominee and finalist for UW's Distinguished Teaching Award.

My research is mainly in the history of philosophy and philosophy of science. I'm interested in values and science, debates about philosophical methodology in the history of analytic philosophy, and, occasionally, Kant and 20th century philosophy of science (the topic of my 2011 dissertation). Abstracts of my peer-reviewed publications, my book reviews, and most recent talks can be found at the research tab above. You can find a document I put together of women analytic philosophers in the early 20th century and some suggested readings here.

The banner image, "Looking Up Outside Joe Bar," was painted by my partner, Erin Kendig. You might also check out my brother Santos J. Franco's lab, and my sister Sarah Franco's work.

I am from Roswell, NM, and most of my family still lives in New Mexico. I am on Twitter, where I often tweet about early analytic philosophy, here.