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New CAS Faculty

Katherine Nolfi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Katherine Nolfi

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Katherine Nolfi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, grew up just outside of Washington, D.C.  She earned her B.A. from Williams College, where she fell in love with New England. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2014, she is thrilled to be moving back to the Northeast to join the UVM community.

Kate's philosophical research lies at the intersection of epistemology, metaethics, and the philosophy of mind.  Her current work is inspired by and aims to supply a unified answer to two questions: what does it take to think (i.e., believe, desire, intend, hope, fear, etc.) rationally or in ways that are justified, and why does it matter whether we manage to do so? Kate's approach is broadly naturalistic and, as such, her research is informed by accounts of the neurophysiological and cognitive mechanisms that underwrite human thought and by accounts of the social and anthropological genesis and function of our evaluative practices.

When she isn't doing or teaching philosophy, Kate horseback rides competitively and enjoys hiking, cycling, and camping.  She is a regular at the farmers' market and absolutely loves to cook.

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