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Michele M. Moody-Adams

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Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory

Michele Moody-Adams is currently Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, where she served as Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education from 2009-2011. Before Columbia, she taught at Cornell University, where she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life.   She has also taught at Wellesley College, the University of Rochester and Indiana University, where she served as an Associate Dean.

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702 Philosophy Hall
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212-851-9522
Areas of Specialization: 

Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy; The Philosophy of Social Science; The Empiricists

John Morrison

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Assistant Professor | Barnard College

B.A.,  Williams College (2001) 
M.A.,  University of Pittsburgh (2004) 

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326B Milbank
Telephone: 
212-854-4689
Areas of Specialization: 

Philosophy of Mind; Early Modern Philosophy (esp. Spinoza)

Articles / Publications: 

"Colour in a Physical World," Mind (2012)

"Conception and Causation in Spinoza's Metaphysics," Philosophers' Imprint (2013)

"Restricting Spinoza's Causal Axiom,” Philosophical Quarterly (2015)

"Anti-Atomism about Color Representation," Noûs (2015)

"Triangulating How Things Look,” Mind & Language (2015)

"Truth in the Emendation,” The Young Spinoza, Melamed (ed.) (2015)

"Perceptual Confidence,” Analytic Philosophy (2016) 
*Winner of the 2015 Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Mind

"Two puzzles about Thought and Identity in Spinoza,” Cambridge Critical Guide to Spinoza's Ethics, Melamed (ed.)

"Perceptual Structuralism" Noûs, forthcoming

Christia Mercer

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Professor | Columbia University
Gustave M. Berne Professor

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707 Philosophy Hall
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212-854-3190
Areas of Specialization: 

Early Modern Philosophy; History of Platonism; History of Women in Philosophy

Research: 

Professor Mercer has begun to devote herself more and more to contextualizing the history of philosophy. To that end, she designed a book series, Oxford Philosophical Concepts, that enlists prominent international scholars to think creatively about the "lives" of concepts in the history of philosophy. As of 2016, there are 32 volumes in various stages of production, and 10 published.  Along with Eileen O'Neill, she is co-editor of another new series, Oxford New Histories of Philosophy, which speaks to a growing concern to broaden and reexamine philosophy’s past.

Mercer’s major research projects are: (1) Exploring the Philosophy of Anne Conway, a book on the philosophy of the seventeenth-century English philosopher, Anne Conway, whose metaphysical system has not been thoroughly studied; (2) Feeling the Way to Truth: Women, Reason and the Development of Modern Philosophy, which argues that historians of philosophy need to rethink core assumptions about seventeenth-century philosophy and that the writings of women play a much more significant part in that history than has been recognized; and (3) Platonisms in Early Modern Thought, whose goal is to articulate the diversity of Platonisms that form the background to early modern thought and identify the range of Platonist assumptions underlying early modern philosophy, theology, and art.

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Mercer CV


Haim Gaifman

Title | Organization: 
Professor | Columbia University

Emeritus: Hebrew University
Mathematics and
Eleanor Roosevelt Professor in History and Philosophy of Science

M.Sc. Hebrew University (1958)
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, in mathematics under Tarski, (1962).

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715 Philosophy Hall
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Areas of Specialization: 

 Logic, Foundations of Probability; Rational Choice,  Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein.

Taylor Carman

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Professor | Barnard College

B.A., University of Wyoming (1987)
Ph.D., Stanford University (1993)

Professor Carman is the author of Heidegger’s Analytic (2003) and Merleau-Ponty (2008; 2nd ed. forthcoming) and has coedited The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty (2005). He has published articles on topics in phenomenology and is currently writing a book on Heidegger.

Books


Merleau-Ponty.
London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

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326C Milbank
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212-854-2065
Areas of Specialization: 

19th- and 20th-Century European Philosophy

Patricia Kitcher

Title | Organization: 
Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities, Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization| Columbia University
B.A., Wellesley (1970)
Ph.D, Princeton (1974)

 

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718 Philosophy Hall
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Areas of Specialization: 

Kant; Philosophy of Psychology; Freud

Authored Books: 

Kant’s Transcendental Psychology, New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Paper edition, 1992.

Freud’s Dream: A Complete Interdisciplinary Science of Mind, Cambridge, Mass.: Bradford Books/M.I.T. Press, 1992. Paper edition, 1995.

Kant’s Thinker, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.  Chapter 9 (in ms. form)

Articles / Publications: 

“Kant on Constructing Causal Representations.” Hugh Clapin, Phillip Staines, and Peter Slezak, eds., Representation in Mind: New Approaches to Mental Representation. Elsevier, 2004, 217-36.

“Kant’s Argument for the Categorical Imperative.” Noûs XXXVIII, December, 2004, 555-84.

“Two Normative Roles for Self-Consciousness in Modern Philosophy.” H. Terrace and J. Metcalfe (eds.), The Missing Link in Cognition; Origins of Self-Knowing Consciousness. Oxford University Press, 2005, 174-187.

“What is a Maxim?” Philosophical Topics, vol. 31, nos. 1&2, Spring and Fall 2003 (appeared, April 2005).

“Kant’s Philosophy of the Cognitive Mind,” The Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy, Paul Guyer, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2006: 169-202.

“Freud’s Interdisciplinary Fiasco” in Andrew Brook, ed., The Prehistory of Cognitive Science,” Palgrave: Macmillan, 2007: 230-249.

“Kant’s I think,” Recht und Freiden in der Philosophie Kants: Akten des X Kant-Kongress, Rohden, Valerio et. al., eds., New York, deGruyter, 2008.

“The Unity of Kant’s Active Thinker.” Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism. Joel Smith, ed. Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Kant’s Spontaneous Thinker and (More) Spontaneous Agent.” Cultivating Personhood. Stephen R. Palmquist, ed., Walter deGruyter. Forthcoming.

Kant-Lexikon, edited by Georg Mohr, Jürgen Stolzenberg, and Marcus Willaschek, Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming.
Entries:
a. ‘Consciousness’
b. ‘Unity of Consciousness’
c. ‘I think’
d. ‘Empirical Consciousness’ (with Ellen Fridland)
e. ‘Pure Consciousness’
f. ‘Consciousness in general’
g. ‘Science (or Knowledge)’ [Wissen]
h. ‘Faculties of Mind’
i. ‘Focus Imaginarius’ (with David May) 

A Kantian Critique of Current Approaches to Self-Knowledge (draft).

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Akeel Bilgrami

Title | Organization: 
Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy | Columbia University
Faculty member of the Committee on Global Thought
B.A., Bombay University (1970)
B.A., Oxford University (1974)
Ph.D., University of Chicago (1983)

Akeel Bilgrami got a first degree in English Literature from Bombay University but defected to philosophy because he found the former too hard. He went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and there got another Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, after writing a dissertation, "Meaning as Invariance," on the subject of the indeterminacy of translation and issues concerning realism and linguistic meaning.

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Areas of Specialization: 

Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Language; Political Philosophy and Moral Philosophy; Moral Psychology

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