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Piotr Tomasz Makowski

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dr. habil. Piotr Makowski





Position: Associate Professor, specialization: metaethics, action theory

Position: Associate Professor (part-time), specialization: organizations


Position: Visiting Research Fellow, specialization: action theory

Position: Visiting Fellow, specialization: action theory

Position: Fulbright Senior Advanced Research Scholar, specialization: action theory, theory of rationality.


Adam Mickiewicz University (2001-2010):

  • Habilitation in philosophy – June 26th 2017

Dissertation: “Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s Action Theory – Reinterpretive Studies”. Committee: Prof. Katarzyna Paprzycka (UW), Prof. Włodzimierz Galewicz (JU), Prof. Małgorzata Cern (AMU)

  • Ph.D. in philosophy – June 7th 2010 (cum laude/with honors)

Dissertation: “Status of Goodness and Duty in Contemporary Naturalistic Ethics”. Supervisor: Prof. Tadeusz Buksiński (AMU). Committee: Prof. Marcin Poręba (University of Warsaw), Prof. Ewa Nowak (AMU)

  • B.A. in classical philology – 2006
  • M.A. in philosophy – 2005


  • rRutines (organization science)
  • Philosophy of action,
  • Theories of rationality,


  • Philosophy of science,
  • Decision theory,
  • Metaethics,
  • Pragmatism and neopragmatism,
  • Neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics,
  • Theories of autonomy (self-governance),
  • Kotarbiński’s praxiology,
  • Classic practical philosophy (Aristotle, Hume, Kant);


  1. 08.2012-08.2015: “Theories of Reasons for Action. A Possibility of Application to the Management Sciences”, Polish National Science Centre Grant UMO-2011/03/B/HS4/04162 – chief executive,
  2. 01.09.2012-31.03.2013: Practical Rationality: Contemporary Theories of Reasons for Action and Their Implications for the Conception of Prudential Reason, Fulbright Senior Advanced Research at UC Davis;
  3. 03.2009-03.2011: “Status of Goodness and Duty in Contemporary Naturalistic Ethics” – Supervisory Grant of Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, No. N N101 05963 – main executive (under supervision of professor Tadeusz Buksiński),

E. PUBLICATIONS (2012-2017)[1]:

I. Authored monographs – in English:

Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s Action Theory – Reinterpretive Studies, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2017.

II Authored monographs – in Polish

After MetaethicsKraków, Wydawnictwo Universitas 2012, pages 290 [revised Ph.D. diss.],

III. Edited volumes – in English:

(2015): Praxiology and the Reasons for Action, P. Makowski, M. Bonecki, K. Nowak-Posadzy (Eds.), [Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology, Vol. 23] Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, pages 221,

IV. Edited volumes – in Polish:

(2012): Intersubjectivity – Editor, Kraków, Wydawnictwo Universitas 2012, pages 304 (a collection of essays),

V. Papers in English:

  1. (2017): *”Kotarbiński’s praxiology and the analytic action theory” in Praxiological Essays: Texts and Contexts, Ed. W.W. Gasparski, Routledge.
  2. (2017, forthcoming): *”Shared Agency and Intentionality – A Praxiological View” in Self-Knowledge and Moral Identity, Ed. R.K. Panda, New Delhi.
  3. (2016a): *[Review] Neil Roughley, Wanting and Intending. Elements of a Philosophy of Practical Mind, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9768-8.
  4. (2016b): **Intention Inertia and the Plasticity of Planning, Philosophical Psychology, 29(7):1045-1056.
  5. (2016c): **”Reasons for Being Flexible. Desires, Intentions, and Plans” in Desire – The Concept and Its Practical Context, Ed. Timo Airaksinen, Wojciech W. Gasparski (pp. 59-78), New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
  6. (2015): **”Praxiology meets Planning Theory of Intention” in Reasons for Action and Praxiology, eds. P. Makowski, M. Bonecki, K. Nowak [Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology, Vol. 23] (pp. 43-71). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

VI. Papers in Polish:

  1. (2015): **Moore and the Semantic Autonomy of EthicsPrincipia. Pisma koncepcyjne z filozofii i socjologii teoretycznej, Vol. 59-60: 67-81,
  2. (2013): **Bratman and A Minimal PraxiologyEthics in Progress Quarterly, Vol. 4(2): 78–86,
  3. (2012): **“The Practical Spectrum of Ethics and Intersubjectivity. Two Models of Subject”, in: Intersubjectivity, Piotr Makowski (Ed.), Kraków, Wydawnictwo Universitas: 129–147,
  4. (2012): **Dynamis. Metaphysical Notion of Capacity and its Role in Aristotle’s Practical PhilosophyICF Diametros, Vol. 33 (2012): 76–100,

VII. Polish Translations:

(2013): Michael E. Bratman, The Fecundity of Planning AgencyEthics in Progress Quarterly, Vol. 4(2): 87-112,

VIII. Miscellanea:

  1. (2012): *“Fire in the Philosophy of Heraclitus”, Filozofia Publiczna i Edukacja Demokratyczna, Vol. 1(2) (2012): 130–138,
  2. (2012): “Dimensions of Intersubjectivity. Foreword”, in: Intersubjectivity, Piotr Makowski (Ed.), Kraków, Wydawnictwo Universitas: 7–10.

F. PRESENTATIONS (2012-2017):

I. in English (international):

  1. “Motor Intentions, Motor Representations, and Libet’s Experiment”, Philosophers’ Rally, University of Białystok, Białystok, Poland (05.07.2016),
  2. “Distal Intentions in Empirically Unstable Contexts of Actions”, Context Cognition, and Communication Conference, University of Warsaw, Poland (17.06.2016),
  3. “Intention Inertia and the Plasticity of Planning”, Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern, Switzerland (09.12.2015 – invited discussion on my paper),
  4. “Plasticity of Planning Agency”, Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (28.10.2015 – invited talk),
  5. “Shared Agency: Intentions, Reasons, and Propensities to Act”, Self-Knowledge and Moral Identity, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India, (13-16.01.2015 – invited)
  6. “The (In)flexible agency”, ‘Desire’ Workshop, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Rome, Italy (31.10-01.11.2014 – invited),
  7. “The Praxiology of Shared Agency”, ACERP2014, Osaka, Japan (30.03.2014),
  8. “Praxiology – The Philosophy of Effectiveness and Efficiency in Human Action” – Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi, Turkey (26.02.2014 – lecture, on invitation),
  9. “Inertia and Plasticity” – Philosopher’s Rally, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland (27.06.2013),
  10. “Reframing Praxiology. A New Introduction to the Efficient Action Theory” – ECTA 2013, Poznan, Poland (13.06.2013),
  11. “Integrative Praxiology. A New Introduction to the Efficient Action Theory” – Philosophy Department Workshop, University of California, Davis (15.02.2013, USA),
  12. “Praxiology” – Davis Group in Ethics and Related Subjects, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis (05.10.2012, USA – invited talk),

II. in Polish (countrywide):

  1. “The Problem of Intentionality in Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s Action Theory”, Learned Society of Praxiology, Pałac Staszica, Warsaw (16.02.2017),
  2. “The Problem of Intentionality in Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s Action Theory”, Sign-Language-Reality, University of Warsaw, Warsaw (25.11.2016),
  3. “Aristotelian Motives in Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s Praxiology”, Back To Aristotle, PTPN, Poznan (20.10.2016),
  4. “The Psychological Conditions of Effectiveness in Fluctuating Environment (Military Cases)”, Problems of Effectiveness in Management, Academy of National Defense, Warsaw (04.12.2015),
  5. “Psychological Stability in an Unstable Environment of Planned Actions”, Mind–Decisions–Behaviour, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun (15.05.2015),
  6. “The New Introduction to Kotarbiński’s Praxiology” – Scientific Society of Praxiology, Pałac Staszica, Warsaw (16.05.2013),


  1. The Examiner/Opponent of Ari Virta – public PhD Defence, University of Helsinki, Finland (22.04.2017),
  2. Peer-Reviewer for Erkenntnis. An International Journal for Scientific Philosophy. Springer Publishing (10.2015-present),
  3. Chairman of the International Conference Committee (and initiator of the event):  ECTA 2013: European Conference of Theory of Action – Reasons for Action and Praxiology. Broadening the Borders (12-14.06.2013, Poznań),
  4. Member of American Philosophical Association (from 01.2017 – present),
  5. Member of Scientific Society for Praxiology (from 12.2011 – present),
  6. Member and Reviewer at Regional Committee of Philosophy Olympiad, Poznan (10.2011-present),
  7. Member of the Editorial Board (and Peer-Reviewer) at: Philosophy Study Journal, David Publishing Company, Libertyville, IL, USA (temporary, reasons to quit – see HERE),
  8. Member of the Editorial Board at: Ethics in Progress Quarterly, Academic Research Publishers of Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University (01.10.2010 – present);


  1. Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship (for 3-month scholarship at University of California, Riverside – awarded: 05.2017)
  2. Unique Alumnus Grant (for 2-months scholarship in Helsinki), Adam Mickiewicz University (09–10.2015),
  3. Scholarship for Polish Distinguished Young Scientists from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (awarded 10.2013),
  4. Fulbright Senior Advanced Research Award (scholarship: 09.2012-03.2013),
  5. Honors for the Ph.D. dissertation, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Dept. of Social Sciences Committee, (07.06.2010),
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
HR Excellence in Research
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