Louis Doulas

University of California, Irvine
Department of Philosophy
85 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697-4555
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I’m currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.

Before moving out west, I spent a number of years out east. In Boston, I did my MA in Philosophy at Brandeis University; in New York (before finding my way to philosophy) I worked as an editor and wrote about art influenced by the internet. And before all that, I received a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

My research aims to build a more accurate, contextually sensitive, and inclusive history of 19th–20th century analytic philosophy. I also have interests in contemporary epistemology, metaphysics, and language. Overall, my work is driven by a desire to understand the relationship between our ordinary beliefs and the demands and doubts that philosophy is thought to impose on them.



  1. The Philosophy of Susan Stebbing
    Under contract with Oxford University Press (co-edited with Annalisa Coliva)


  1. A Puzzle About Moorean Metaphysics
    Philosophical Studies (2021) 178: 493–513
  2. Against Philosophical Proofs Against Common Sense
    Analysis (2021) 81: 207–215 (with Evan Welchance)
  3. Philosophical Progress, Skepticism, and Disagreement
    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Disagreement (2022) (with Annalisa Coliva)

  4. What Philosophical Disagreement and Philosophical Skepticism Hinge On
    Synthese (2022) 200: 1–14 (with Annalisa Coliva)

In Progress

My dissertation, Remaking Moore: Essays on Moore’s Metaphilosophy, sheds new light on Moore’s philosophy by undoing some historiographical distortions surrounding his work. It’s comprised of the following four papers:
  1. Proof in Parts: Understanding Moore’s Elusive Proof
  2. What Moore’s Hands Mean
  3. Proof and Circularity Reconsidered
  4. Making Sense of Moore and Stebbing on Common Sense

Other Projects

  1. Questions with and without Method: Moore, Carnap, Wittgenstein, and Quine
  2. A paper on Susan Stebbing and Ordinary Language Philosophy


I also teach.

As primary instructor, I taught Puzzles and Paradoxes at UC Irvine and an MTEL Prep course at Brandeis University.

I’ve served as a graduate student instructor for various courses too (mostly in philosophy, but also in art history and legal studies) at UC Irvine, Brandeis, and Harvard. Through TH!NK, I’ve taught philosophy to fifth-graders.