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Katharina Paxman

Associate Professor

4086-C JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


I am a Canadian philosopher who specializes in Early Modern Philosophy, particularly David Hume’s theory of the passions. I received my PhD in 2011, jointly awarded by the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium). After I completed a post-doctoral contract with the University of Antwerp’s Centre for Ethics, I returned to Canada to teach part-time at the University of Western Ontario, with one year of maternity leave thrown in, then another. In the summer of 2015, with my two little boys and wonderful husband in tow, we made the move from Canada to Utah so that I could join the philosophy department at Brigham Young University as an Assistant Professor. I have been published in Hume Studies, The Journal of Scottish Philosophy, Res Philosophica, and several anthologies of Hume scholarship.

Research Interests

Most of my research centers on Hume's theory of the passions and moral psychology. Along with Early Modern Philosophy generally, I have interests in philosophy of mind, the history of philosophy of emotions, moral psychology, metaethics, applied ethics, and the history of women in philosophy.

Teaching Interests

I have taught courses on Hume, philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, metaethics, applied ethics (business ethics, media ethics, and a survey class of applied ethics issues), and philosophy of religion. I am developing courses on various topics in Early Modern Philosophy, and the History of Theories of the Passions.


  • PhD, , University of Western Ontario (2011)
  • PhD, Philosophy , University of Antwerp (2011)
  • MA, Philosophy , Dalhousie University (2005)
  • BA, with honours, Philosophy , University of Victoria (2002)

Courses Taught