Will Small

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About Me


I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I joined the department in 2014. Before that, I spent 2012–14 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo.

My main research interests are in philosophy of action and ethics. I am also interested in self-consciousness, the second person, and moral psychology. And I have wide-ranging interests in the history of philosophy—Aristotle, Kant, and Wittgenstein are thinkers of particular interest to me.

I received my PhD in 2012 from the University of Chicago, where I wrote a dissertation on intentional action and practical knowledge. In my dissertation, I articulated and defended the view that intentional action is best understood through two concepts of practical knowledge: an agent has knowledge in intention of her intentional actions in progress and in prospect because intentional actions are, fundamentally, exercises of knowledge how.

Take a look at my CV. You can contact me at: wsmall [at] uic [dot] edu