Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Ethics, Action Theory, Metaethics

Old Main, 100


Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Old Main, 100
Telephone: 651-696-6246
Office Hours:
Fall 2019 — Monday 3:00 to 5:00 pm and by appointment
Pronouns: he/him/his

Professor Asarnow wants to know whether anything really matters in life, and, if anything does, what it is. To that end, he regularly teaches courses in ethics, metaethics, bioethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of race and gender, though he cautions his students that he is still unsure whether any of these things really matter.

Asarnow’s research is primarily in ethics and the philosophy of action, with special emphasis on questions about the metaphysics and ethical significance of human motivation: what it is to have an intention or act for a reason, and whether our intentions and reasons for acting matter morally.  More broadly, he is interested in questions about what people should do, questions about questions about what people should do, the relationship between mind and world (if such there be), and connections between philosophical ethics and other disciplines (including law, medicine, social work, and software engineering).

Asarnow’s articles have been published in journals such as EthicsPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophical Studies. For a CV and more information, please see his website.

PhD: Stanford University, 2015
BA: Swarthmore College, 2008