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Philip Kitcher

John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Columbia University

Philip Kitcher is a British philosopher who is John Dewey Professor Emeritus of philosophy at Columbia University.

Kitcher is the author of twelve books, including Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith; In Mendel’s Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology; and The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities. He was the first recipient of the Prometheus Prize awarded by the American Philosophical Association for “lifetime contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science.”

Kitcher earned his BA in mathematics/history and philosophy of science from Christ’s College, Cambridge and his PhD in history and philosophy of science from Princeton University, where he worked closely with Carl Hempel and Thomas Kuhn. As chair of Columbia’s Contemporary Civilization program (part of its undergraduate Core Curriculum), he also held the James R. Barker Professorship of Contemporary Civilization. Before moving to Columbia, Kitcher held tenure-track positions at the University of Vermont, the University of Minnesota, and University of California, San Diego, where he held the position of Presidential Professor of Philosophy.


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