My research has focused on notional variants of the truth-concept, and I have used empirical studies to uncover that there is likely more than one folk truth concept. Jeremy Wyatt has called this conceptual pluralism about truth (see his "Truth in English and Elsewhere: An Empirically-Informed Functionalism"), which Nikolaj Pedersen and Cory Wright have categorised amongst platitude-based strategies of alethic pluralism (cf. "Pluralist Theories of Truth," Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy).  I have defended this view in my book Commonsense Pluralism about Truth: An Empirical Defence (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).
Beyond this, my areas of research interest include metaphysics, especially philosophy of action and philosophy of language. I tend to invest some of my time on specific historical figures, such as Marja Kokozyńska-Lutman (amongst other members of the Lvøv-Warsaw School), Arne Næss, Alfred Tarski, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Long-term, I am considering the relatively monumental task of writing an intellectual biography of Arne Næss. More information about my research is available here and drafts of work in progress are available here.


  • Joseph Ulatowski, Why Facts Matter (in preparation)

  • Robert Colter and Joseph Ulatowski, The Socratic Classroom (in preparation)

  • Joseph Ulatowski, Commonsense Pluralism about Truth: An Empirical Defence. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Edited volumes:

  • Joseph Ulatowski, Aaron Griffith, David Kashtan, and Cory Wright (eds.). Australasian Philosophical Review, featuring the work of Gila Sher (forthcoming).

  • Liezl van Zyl & Joseph Ulatowski (eds.). Virtue, Narrative, and Self: Explorations in Autobiography and the Philosophy of Mind and Action. London: Routledge, 2020.

  • Joseph Ulatowski & Cory Wright (eds.) Minimalism about Truth: A Special Issue of Synthese. Synthese 195.3 (2018): 927-1138.

Journal articles:

Chapters in Books:

Critical Notices:

  • David Lumsden & Joseph Ulatowski, Casting Light Upon The Great EndarkenmentMetaphilosophy (2019): 729-742.

Memorial Notices:


Robert Colter and Joseph Ulatowski, The Unexamined Student is not Worth Teaching Educational Philosophy and Theory 49.14 (2017): 1367-1380.

Carmen Adel and Joseph Ulatowski, Breaking the Language Barrier: Using Translations for Teaching Introductory Philosophy AAPT Studies in Pedagogy, volume 3: Inclusive Pedagogies, ed. Kelly Burns (2017): 33-52.

Robert Colter and Joseph Ulatowski, Social Dexterity in Inquiry and Argumentation: An Apologia of Socrates AAPT Studies in Pedagogy, volume 2: Teaching Plato, ed. Robert Loftis (2016): 6-27.

Robert Colter and Joseph Ulatowski, Freeing Meno's Slave Boy: Scaffolded Learning in the Philosophy Classroom Teaching Philosophy 38.1 (2015): 25-49.

Robert Colter and Joseph Ulatowski, What's Wrong with this Picture? Teaching Ethics through Film to High School Students Teaching Philosophy 36.3 (2013): 253-270.