Lauren M. Ashwell

Associate Professor of Philosophy



Hedge Hall, Room 305


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., B.A., B.S., University of Auckland

Lauren Ashwell works primarily in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and feminist philosophy, with particular interests in dispositions, desire, and objectification in each of these respective areas. In 2016-17, she was in residence at Harvard University, working on a project connecting her research in self-knowledge of desire with other work in feminist epistemology, and also continuing her work in philosophy of language on gendered slurs and hate speech. This leave was supported by a Bates Phillips Fellowship and an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship.


‘Possibilities of Misidentification,’ Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology,forthcoming

‘Introspection and the Nature of Desire,’ for The Nature of Desire, ed. by Julien Deonna and Federico Lauria, Oxford University Press, 2017

‘Conflicts of Desire: Dispositions and the Metaphysics of Mind,’ in Causal Powers, ed. by Jonathan Jacobs, Oxford University Press, 167-176, 2017

‘Gendered Slurs,’ Social Theory and Practice, 42(2): 228-239, 2016.

‘The Metaphysics of Desire and Dispositions,’ Philosophy Compass, 9(7): 469-477, 2014

‘Deep, Dark,…or Transparent? Knowing Our Desires,’ Philosophical Studies, 165(1): 245-256, 2013

‘Slaves to Fashion,’ co-authored with Rae Langton, in Fashion – Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style, ed. by Jeanette Kennett and Jessica Wolfendale, Chapter 9: 135-150, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

‘Superficial Dispositionalism,’ Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 88(4): 635-653, 2010