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Prof. Insa Lawler

Insa Lawler joined UNCG in August 2019 as an Assistant Professor. From 2019 until 2022, she is also the Co-Investigator of the project “Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond”, which is generously funded by the Icelandic Research Fund. Prof. Lawler moved here from Germany, where she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum (2018-2019) and where she earned her doctoral degree at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2018. During her doctoral studies, she spent time at the University of Salzburg, the University of Edinburgh, and at NYU.

Prof. Lawler’s areas of specialization are Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, and their intersections.  Here at UNCG, Prof. Lawler is teaching Introduction to Formal Logic and Critical Thinking.

In 2018, Prof. Lawler was awarded a teaching certificate for higher education teaching. It involved 200 work units.

Prof. Jeff Kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan joined UNCG in January 2019 as an Assistant Professor.  He and his family moved here from California, where he earned his PhD at UC Berkeley.  Before heading to Berkeley, he earned an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Kaplan’s areas of specialization are Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Language.  He is also interested in Ethics, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics.

Here at UNCG, Prof. Kaplan is teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics and Philosophy of Law.

While at UC Berkley, Prof. Kaplan received every teaching award (of which there are three) for which graduate student instructors are eligible. He also spent four years teaching philosophy, on a volunteer basis, in San Quentin State Prison, though the Prison University Project which is an accredited college program that grants an Associate Degree. Several of Prof. Kaplan’s students from San Quentin subsequently paroled and transferred to four-year colleges.

Prof. Kaplan is the first faculty member at UNCG to record an entire course of material at the brand new UNCG Lightboard Studio. Check out this very short sample video of him explaining two classic theories of moral language.