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Justin Clarke-Doane

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Assistant Professor | Columbia University

2011 Ph.D. Philosophy, NYU
2005 B.A. Philosophy / Mathematics, New College of Florida

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Street Address: 
712B Philosophy Hall
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Mail Code: 4971
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+1 212-854-3246
Office Hours: 
On Leave 2017-2018
Areas of Specialization: 

Metaethics; Epistemology; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mathematics

Robert Gooding-Williams

Title | Organization: 
M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies,
Professor of Philosophy | Columbia University

B.A., Yale College (1975)
Ph.D., Yale University (1982)

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Street Address: 
701 Philosophy Hall
Areas of Specialization: 

Social and Political Philosophy (esp. antiracist critical theory); History of African-American Political Thought; 19th Century European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche); Existentialism; and Aesthetics

Karen Lewis

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Assistant Professor | Barnard College

B.A. Queen’s University, Canada (2003)

Ph.D. Rutgers University (2011)

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Street Address: 
326E Milbank Hall
Telephone: 
212-854-2047
Areas of Specialization: 

Philosophy of Language; Philosophical Linguistics

Tamar Lando

Title | Organization: 
Assistant Professor | Columbia University

B.A. in Philosophy, Stanford University (2002)
M.A. in Mathematics, UC Berkeley (2008)
Ph.D. in Philosophy, UC Berkeley (2012)

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Street Address: 
712A Philosophy Hall
Address: 
MC 4971
Telephone: 
212-851-9547
Areas of Specialization: 

Logic; Epistemology

Articles / Publications: 

Dissertation: Probabilistic Semantics for Modal Logic 

"Completeness of S4 for the Lebesgue measure algebra," Journal of Philosophical Logic (2010)

"Dynamic Measure Logic," Annals of Pure and Applied Logic (2012)

"Conclusive Reasons and Epistemic Luck," Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2015

"First order S4 and its measure-theoretic semantics," Annals of Pure and Applied Logic, 2015

"Coincidence and Common Cause," forthcoming in Nous

Unpublished paper: Fractal Completeness techniques in topological modal logic (co-authored with D. Sarenac)

"Logics above S4 and the Lebesgue measure algebra", forthcoming in Review of Symbolic Logic

 "Closure and Epistemic Modals", co-authored with Justin Bledin, forthcoming in Philosophyand Phenomenological Research

Axel Honneth

Title | Organization: 
Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities | Columbia University

Professor Honneth is Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University; Director of the Institute for Social Research, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 2001); and C4-Professor of Social Philosophy, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 1996).

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Street Address: 
704 Philosophy Hall
Address: 
MC: 4971
Telephone: 
212-851-5986
Areas of Specialization: 

Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Social Theory

Authored Books: 

The I in the We, Polity Press (forthcoming)

Das Recht der Freiheit
, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2011

The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel`s Social Theory
, Princeton University Press, 2010

Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory
, Columbia University Press, 2009

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea
, Oxford University Press, 2008

Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory
, Polity Press, 2007

Redistribution or Recognition?:  A Political– Philosophical Exchange
, co-authored with Nancy Fraser, Verso Press, 2003

The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts
, MIT Press 1996

The Fragmented World of the Social: Essays in Social and Political Philosophy
, State University of New York Press 1995

The Critique of Power: Reflective Stages in a Critical Social Theory
, MIT Press 1991

Social Action and Human Nature
, co-authored with Hans Joas, Cambridge University Press, 1988

Katja Vogt

Title | Organization: 
Professor | Columbia University

A specialist in ancient philosophy, ethics, and normative epistemology, and a recipient of the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, Professor Vogt joined the Philosophy Department in 2002. Vogt is interested in questions that figure both in ancient and contemporary discussions: What are values? What kind of values are knowledge and truth?

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Street Address: 
719 Philosophy Hall
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Mail Code: 4971
Telephone: 
212-854-3539
Office Hours: 
On Leave Spring 2018
Areas of Specialization: 

Ancient Philosophy; Metaethics; Normative Epistemology; Skepticism

Carol Rovane

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Professor | Columbia University

Ph.D., University of Chicago (1983)

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711 Philosophy Hall
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Mail Code: 4971
Telephone: 
212-854-8618
Areas of Specialization: 

Metaphysics; Philosophy of Language and Mind; Ethics

Research: 

My current research focuses on several interrelated topics:  the first person, personal identity, relativism, the foundations of value, group vs. individual responsibility, and some new problems for liberal theory.  An abiding theme of my work, both recent and earlier, concerns the very idea and nature of a point of view.

In my first book, The Bounds of Agency: En Essay In Revisionary Metahpysics, I explored the differences and interrelations (or rather lack thereof) between three notions of a point of view:  the bodily point of view of an animal, the phenomenological point of view of consciousness and the rational point of view of deliberation.  The book argues that groups of human beings as well as parts of human beings may have rational points of view, from which they can engage in distinctively interpersonal relations, and thereby qualify as individual persons in their own rights.  This amounts to a new interpretation of and argument for Locke’s distinction between personal and animal identity, one that has significant implications for the issue of group vs. individual responsibility.  This book has a frontispiece by Marina Moevs.


It is our answer to the famous frontispiece of Hobbes’s Leviathan:

 

 

Marina Moevs has also done a frontispiece for my second book, The Metaphysics and Ethics of Relativism:

 

The premise of this second book is that there is no general consensus among philosophers about what the content of the doctrine of relativism actually is, or even whether it admits of a coherent formulation.  I consider and reject various formulations that have recently been discussed -- in terms of irresoluble disagreement, relative truth and various challenges to objectivity -- in favor of an older idea that prevailed in the main 20th century debates about relativism, but which was never adequately elucidated then, namely, the idea of an “alternative”.  I argue that alternatives are best understood as truths that cannot be embraced together, not because they are inconsistent (as we find in cases of ordinary disagreement) but because they do not stand in any logical relations at all, and as a result they are “normatively insulated” from one another.  I argue further that this distinctive logical significance of the doctrine of relativism brings in train a distinctive metaphysical and practical significance as well.  Metaphysically speaking, when the relativist affirms that there are normatively insulated alternatives, she is affirming that there isn’t just one world (Unimundialism) but many worlds (Multimundialism);  and practically speaking, when the relativist takes herself to encounter alternatives, she must take up a peculiarly disengaged stance towards others, from which she sees no possibility of either agreeing with them or disagreeing with them.  She also denies the possibility of a View from Everywhere – that is, a a single, all-encompassing point of view from which all of the truths that can be embraced from every other point of view can be embraced together.  This is quite distinct from Nagel’s idea of a View from Nowhere, which expresses an epistemological aspiration of realism.  Indeed, on my formulation, the relation between realism and relativism – ordinarily regarded as one of direct, mutual, opposition – is not at all straightforward.   

I have two other books in progress:

Out of Order:  An Introduction to Philosophy via Columbia’s Core Curriculum
.

What are Individuals and Why do they Matter? Taking Liberalism to Logical and Illogical Limits


Here is a list of my Publications to date: 

Books

The Bounds of Agency:   An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics, Princeton University Press, 1998 (still available as an e-book through Princeton University Press).

The Metaphysics and Ethics of Relativism
, Harvard University Press, 2013.

Articles

“The Larger Significance of Holism,” Companion to Davidson, ed. E. LePore and K. Ludwig, Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.

“Anti-Realism and Relativism,” volume on realism in Italian ed. by DeCaro and Ferraris, Einaudi, 2012.

“How to Formulate Relativism,” Meaning, Knowledge and Mind:  Themes in the Philosophy of Crispin Wright, ed. A. Coliva, Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Does Rationality Enforce Identity?”, Self and Self-Knowledge, ed. A. Coliva, Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Self-Evaluation and the Ends of Existence,” Self-Evaluation: Affective and Social Grounds of Intentionality, eds. Kontzelman Ziv, Lehrer and Schmid, Springer, 2011.

“Relativism Requires Alternatives, Not Disagreement or Relative Truth,”  Blackwell Companion to Relativism, ed. S. Hales, Blackwell, 2010.

“Why Scientific Realism may not Refute Relativism,” Naturalism in Question, ed. M. deCaro and D. MacArthur, Columbia University Press, 2010.

“Personal Identity and Choice,” Personal Identity and Fractured Selves, ed. D. Mathews et al, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

“Did Williams Find the Truth in Relativism?”, Reading Williams, ed. D. Callcut,  Rougledge, 2008.

“Why do Individuals Matter?,” Daedalus, Special Issue on Identity, 2006.

“On Anti-Representationalism,”  Protosociology, 2006.

“Personal Identity:  Ethical not Metaphysical”  McDowell and His Critics (in the Oxford series, Philosophers and their Critics), ed. C. MacDonald and G. MacDonald, Oxford University Press, 2006.

“On the Very Idea of an Ethical Scheme” Iyyun:  The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, 54, 2005.

“Mind-Body and the Limits of Inquiry,” Cambridge Companion to Chomsky, ed. J. McGilvray, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“Alienation and the Alleged Separateness of Persons,” Monist, 2005.

“Anti-Representationalism and Relativism,  Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2005.

“What is an Agent?” Synthese, 2005.

“A Non-naturalist Account of Personal Identity,” Perspectives on Naturalism, ed. M. deCaro, Harvard University Press, 2004.

“Rationality and Persons,” Oxford Handbook on Rationality, ed. A. Mele, Oxford University Press, 2003.

“From a Rational Point of View,” Philosophical Topics, 2003.

“Earning the Right to Realism and Relativism in Ethics,” Philosophical Issues, vol. 12 (2002).

“Genetics and Personal Identity,” Oxford Companion to Genetics, ed. J. Burley et al, 2001.

“Mind-Body or Mind-Mind?”, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Spring 2000.

“Rationality and Identity,” Library of Living Philosophers:  Donald Davidson, ed. L. Hahn (founding ed. P. Schilpp), Open Court, 1999).

“Charity and Identity,” Donald Davidsons Philosophie des Mentalen, ed. W. Kohler, Forum fur Philosophie, 1998.

“The Personal Stance,” Philosophical Topics, Fall 1995

“The Problem of Philosophy” (A Symposium with Colin McGinn), Philosophical Studies, vol. 76, 1994.

“God Without Cause,” Reason, Will and Sensation:  Studies in Cartesian Metaphysics, ed. J. Cottingham, Oxford University Press, 1993.

“Self-Reference:  The Radicalization of Locke,” Journal of Philosophy, February 1993.

“Branching Self-Consciousness,” Philosophical Review, July 1990.
(Reprinted in The International Research Library of Philosophy, series ed. J. Skorupski, volume ed. H. Noonan.)

“The Epistemology of First Person Reference,” Journal of Philosophy, March 1987.

“The Metaphysics of Interpretation,” in Truth and Interpretation, ed. E. LePore, Basil Blackwell, 1986.

Christopher Ab Peacocke

Title | Organization: 
Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy | Columbia University

Professor Peacocke was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy in the University of Oxford, and held a Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has taught at Berkeley, NYU and UCLA, and has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford. He was President of the Mind Association in 1986-7. In 2001, he delivered the Whitehead lectures at Harvard University, and in 2003 he gave the Immanuel Kant Lectures at Stanford.

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704 Philosophy Hall
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Mail Code: 4971
Telephone: 
212-854-3384
Areas of Specialization: 

Philosophy of Mind and Psychology; Metaphysics; Epistemology

Elliot Paul

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Assistant Professor | Barnard College

Elliot Samuel Paul (B.A. Toronto, Ph.D. Yale) works mainly in early modern philosophy and epistemology.  He also has interests in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a particular focus on philosophical issues surrounding creativity.  From 2009-2011 he was Assistant Professor/ Bersoff Faculty Fellow at NYU.

Contact Info
Street Address: 
326A Milbank
Telephone: 
212-854-4498
Areas of Specialization: 

Early Modern Philosophy; Epistemology; Creativity

Teaching: 

This semester (Fall 2017) Dr. Paul is teaching a seminar on the History of Epistemology from the Hellenistic period (especially Stoics vs. Skeptics) to the 17th century, focusing on competing accounts of what — if anything — justifies our judgments. Primary texts include selections from Cicero, Quintilian, Sextus Empiricus, Augustine, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Al-Ghazali, Teresa of Ávila, and Descartes.

Next semester (Spring 2018) Dr. Paul will be teaching two large sections of Introduction to Philosophy.

Frederick Neuhouser

Title | Organization: 
Professor | Barnard College

 

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Street Address: 
326D Milbank
Telephone: 
212-854-2064
Areas of Specialization: 

19th-century German Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy

Research: 

Various talks and articles on social and spiritual pathology in Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Durkheim, Weber, Freud, and the Frankfurt School.

Authored Books: 

Rousseau's Critique of Inequality: Reconstructing the Second Discourse (Cambridge, 2014)

Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition (Oxford, 2008) [in German: Pathologien der Selbstliebe (Suhrkamp, 2012)]

Actualizing Freedom: The Foundations of Hegel's Social Theory (Harvard, 2000)

Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity (Cambridge, 1990)


Translated Book

Alienation, by Rahel Jaeggi (Columbia, 2013)


Articles/Publications (sample)


"Rousseau’s Critique of Economic Inequality," PPA, 2013

"Rousseau's Julie: Passion, Love, and the Price of Virtue," in Understanding Love through Philosophy, Film, and Literature (Oxford, 2013), eds. S. Wolf, C. Grau

"Marx (und Hegel) zur Philosophie der Freiheit," in Nach Marx, eds. R. Jaeggi, D. Loick (Suhrkamp, 2013), 25-47

"The Critical Function of Genealogy in the Thought of J.-J. Rousseau," Review of Politics 74 (2012), 371-87

"Rousseau und die Idee einer 'pathologischen' Gesellschaft," Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 2012, 628-45

"Die normative Bedeutung von 'Natur' im moralischen und politischen Denken Rousseaus," in Sozialphilosophie und Kritik (Suhrkamp, 2009), ed. R. Forst, 109-33

"The Concept of Society in 19th Century Thought," in Cambridge History of Philosophy in the 19th Century, eds. A. Wood, S. Hahn (Cambridge, 2009)

"Rousseau und das menschliche Verlangen nach Anerkennung,"    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 6/2008, 27-51 [In English as "Rousseau and the Human Drive for Recognition," The Philosophy of Recognition, eds. H.-C. Schmidt am Busch, C. F. Zurn  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)]

"Desire, Recognition, and the Relation between Bondsman and Lord" in Hegel's 'Phenomenology of Spirit' (Blackwell, 2008), ed. K. Westphal, 37-54

"Hegel's Social Philosophy," in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel (Cambridge, 2008), 2nd ed., ed. Frederick Beiser

"The Idea of a Hegelian Science of Society," A Companion to Hegel, ed. S.Houlgate, M.Baur (Blackwell, 2009)

"Rousseau on the Relation between Reason and Self-Love (Amour Propre)," Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus,   2003, 221-39

"Fichte and the Relation between Right and Morality," in Fichte:  Historical Context/Contemporary Controversies, ed. D. Breazeale and T. Rockmore (Humanities Press, 1994), 158-80

"Freedom, Dependence, and the General Will," The Philosophical Review (102) 1993, 363-95

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