I have taught at the University of Washington since 2012 under a variety of titles and across the curriculum. You can find my teaching statement, and a few reading lists I put together here.
My research is mainly in the history of analytic philosophy, the history of philosophy of science, values in science, and their intersections. I also like to draw attention to philosophers who have so far not figured prominently in our narratives about the development of analytic philosophy and philosophy of science in the 20th century, but are beginning to receive more attention, including Susan Stebbing, Margaret Macdonald, Stephen Toulmin, and Mary Hesse. Read more about my research and find links to recent talks here.
My 2011 dissertation was on Kant and 20th century philosophy of science, a topic which I've mostly moved on from.
I'm the current treasurer for The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS).
Outside of academic philosophy, I feature edited an issue of ARCADE titled: "Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design, and Art," with essays on restoration, preservation, conscientious design, etc. I've also written about Kant and tunnel-boring machines for The Stranger and published an essay, co-authored with my grad school compa Doug Paletta, on treason for Arrested Development and Philosophy.
I am from Roswell, NM.
- Franco, Paul L. 2023. "Behavior, valuation, and pragmatism in C.I. Lewis and W.V. Quine." Asian Journal of Philosophy. 2, Article number: 27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44204-023-00084-0
- Franco, Paul L. 2021. "Ordinary language philosophy, explanation, and the historical turn in philosophy of science." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. Volume 90: 77-85
- Franco, Paul L. 2020. "Hans Reichenbach's and C.I. Lewis's Kantian Philosophies of Science." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.03.005.
- Franco, Paul L. 2019 “Speech Act Theory and the Multiple Aims of Science.” Philosophy of Science 86:5 https://doi.org/10.1086/705452
- Franco, Paul L. 2018. Review of Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C.I. Lewis, edited by Peter Olen and Carl Sachs.| Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society 54:2: 273-280. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/trancharpeirsoc.54.2.08
- Franco, Paul L. 2018. “Ordinary Language Criticisms of Logical Positivism,” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 8, no. 1: 157 - 190.
- Franco, Paul L. 2017. "Assertion, Nonepistemic Values, and Scientific Practice." Philosophy of Science 84: 160-180. | DOI: 10.1086/688939
- Franco, Paul L. 2016. "Paul Franco on Nathaniel Goldberg's Kantian Conceptual Geography." Virtual Critique. URL: https://virtualcritique.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/paul-franco-on-nathaniel-goldbergs-kantian-conceptual-geography/
- Franco, Paul L. 2012. "Are Kant’s Concepts and Methodology Inconsistent with Scientific Change? Constitutivity and the Synthetic Method in Kant," HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2, no. 2: 321-353.https://doi.org/10.1086/664819
- Franco, Paul. 2023. Review of Matthew J. Brown's Science and Moral Imagination: A New Ideal for Values in Science. In Philosophy of Science. https://doi.org/10.1017/psa.2023.20
- Franco, Paul L. Forthcoming. Susan Stebbing on Logical Positivism and Communication. Ergo
Summer 2023 B-term
Summer 2022 B-term
Summer 2022 Full-term
Summer 2021 B-term
Summer 2019 A-term
Summer 2018 B-term
Summer 2017 B-term
Summer 2016 B-term
Summer 2015 A-term
Summer 2013 Full-term
- Congratulations to Associate Teaching Professor Paul Franco! - March 31, 2021
- Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2020 - June 25, 2020
- Ian Schnee and Paul Franco organize "Teaching Philosophy Online" Sessions - March 25, 2020
- 2019 Department of Philosophy Awards Reception - June 7, 2019
- Paul Franco honored at UW Latinx Faculty Recognition Event - April 23, 2019
- Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2018 - June 26, 2018
- Hate Speech and Slurs - #philosophyresponds: Conversations After the Election - January 30, 2017
- #philosophy responds: Conversations After the Election - January 17, 2017