PHILIP KITCHER, Columbia University

Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia and, during the fall of 2015, was a Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His books include Living with Darwin (Lannan Foundation Notable Book Award); Science in a Democratic Society; The Ethical Project; Preludes to Pragmatism; Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach; and Life After Faith.  A new book on climate change, The Seasons Alter:  How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts, co-authored with Evelyn Fox Keller, will be published by W.W. Norton in April 2017.  Past president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division and editor-in-chief of Philosophy of Science, he was the first recipient of the APA’s Prometheus Prize in recognition of his “contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science.” He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been honored by Columbia with its Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award and a Distinguished Service to the Columbia College Core Curriculum Award. He received the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship in Philosophy in 2003-2004.


Thur-Fri, Sept. 29-30
    SUNY, Geneseo

Thur-Fri, Oct. 13-14
    North Carolina State U., Raleigh

Thur-Fri, Oct. 27-28
    Washington & Lee U., Lexington, VA

Thur-Fri, Dec. 1-2
    Hofstra U., Hempstead, NY

Thur-Fri, Feb. 16-17
    C. of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Thur-Fri, March 9-10
    San Francisco State U., San Francisco 

Thur-Fri, March 30-31
    Randolph C., Lynchburg, VA

Thur-Fri, April 6-7
    Albion C., Albion, MI

Thur-Fri, April 20-21
    Wellesley C., Wellesley, MA


Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts

Social Progress

Pragmatism, Truth, and Progress

Six Problems of Climate Change

Evolution and Ethical Life

Animal Experimentation

The Case for Secular Humanism

Dewey's Radical Pragmatism

What, if Anything, Can We Learn from Literature?

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Love of learning is the guide of life.