Nate Charlow
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto


I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where I have taught since 2011. I work mainly on language, semantics, and related issues in metaethics and epistemology. I wrote a dissertation on imperatives at the University of Michigan, where I was a student from 2006-11. While there, I worked with Allan Gibbard, Thony GilliesEric Swanson, and Rich Thomason.

I still do a lot of work on imperatives. My interest here is both linguistic and philosophical—I think their semantics is independently very cool, but I also think fitting them into standard theoretical practices in semantics encourages us to reflect on some of the fundamental assumptions of those practices.

I also work on conditionals, Expressivism, modals (especially modals that encode normative information), and, often, on all three of these things at once. Take a look at my papers page to see my published work and some work in progress.

I was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln from 2002-5, where I was taught by Mark van Roojen and Al Casullo. My twin brother Simon is a professor of linguistics at Rutgers.