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Nathan Hauthaler

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty


I work on fundamental issues in agency and action. I am especially interested in the nature of intentional action; of practical knowledge involved in it; and in forms of practical capacity and cognition (and related practical-cognitive habitus) funding both. I approach these issues from a variety of systematic and historical vantage points: systematic ones including the philosophy of action, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics; historical ones including the history of analytic philosophy, classical Greek as well as Chinese philosophy. Both historically and systematically I am especially interested in the philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe (on which I have also been conducting archival work, at the Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania). 
My publications include essays in the philosophy of mind & action (on issues of practical error and ignorance; the relation of intention to belief); the history of philosophy (on Wittgenstein on reasons vs. causes of action); and on public international law (on the doctrine of the "responsibility to protect"). Forthcoming works includes essays on the nature of habitual intentional action, on unpublished works of Anscombe's, as well as an edited collected on the Anscombe Archive.
I obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University (2020); an MPhilStud in Philosophy from the University of London (Birkbeck); and a Mag. iur. in Law as well as a Mag. phil. in Philosophy from Graz University (in 2009 and 2010, respectively).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duke Kunshan University · 2023 - Present DKU Faculty

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 2020 Ph.D.