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Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

104 Caldwell Hal
mkohl17@email.unc.edu
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I received my PhD in philosophy from UC Berkeley in 2012. After spending five years at the University of Tennessee, I joined the UNC philosophy department in 2017.

My research has focused on Kant. My book Kant on Freedom and Rational Agency will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023. I have also written on Aristotle, on Kafka, and on authenticity. Please visit here for detailed information about my publications.

This academic year I am teaching the following courses: Existential Philosophy (224H, Fall); Nietzsche (426, Fall) and, with Ram Neta, a seminar on Kantian themes in contemporary epistemology (735, Spring).

As the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, I am happy to answer any questions about the department, course enrollment, majoring or minoring in philosophy, etc. Students are welcome to stop by my office (104 Caldwell) during my regular office hours without needing to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment for meeting (in-person or remotely) outside of office hours, or for any questions that can be answered via email, please contact me at mkohl17@email.unc.edu.

Please notice my email policy: during Fall and Spring semesters, I will answer emails within 1-2 days of receipt from Monday through Friday (11am). During winter and summer breaks, it may take me a bit longer to get back to you. I never read or respond to emails on weekends or during holidays/breaks (such as Fall/Spring/Thanksgiving/Christmas Break, MLK Day, Wellness Days, etc.).

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