- Philip Kitcher
name = Philip Kitcher
image_width = 100px
birth_date = 1947
New York, New York, United States
Philosophy of Science, Bioethics, Philosophy of Mathematics
alma_mater = Christ's College,
University of Cambridge(B.A.); Princeton University(Ph.D.)
prizes = Lifetime Achievement Award (
American Psychological Association),
Distinguished Contribution Award (
American Psychological Association),
Prometheus Prize (
American Philosophical Association)
Philip Stuart Kitcher (born 1947) is a British
philosophyprofessor who specializes in the philosophy of science.
London, Kitcher spent his early life in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on the South Coast of the United Kingdom. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics/History and Philosophy of Science from Christ's College, Cambridgein 1969, and his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from Princeton Universityin 1974.
Kitcher is best known outside the academy for his work examining
bioethics, creationismand sociobiology. His works attempt to connect the questions raised in philosophy of biologyand philosophy of mathematicswith the central philosophical issues of epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. He has also published papers on John Stuart Mill, Kantand other figures in the history of philosophy. Lately he has become interested in John Dewey.
Kitcher currently teaches at
Columbia Universityin the Department of Philosophy where he holds an appointment as the John DeweyProfessor of Philosophy. As chair of Columbia's Contemporary Civilization program (part of its undergraduate Core Curriculum), he also holds the James R. Barker Professorship of Contemporary Civilization. Before moving to Columbia, Kitcher taught at the University of Vermont, Vassar College, The University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, and for several years at University of California, San Diegowhere he held the position of presidential professor of philosophy.
Kitcher is past president of the
American Philosophical Association. In 2002, Kitcher was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was awarded the inaugural Prometheus Prize from the American Philosophical Associationin 2006 in honor of extended achievement in the philosophy of science.
Patricia Kitcher, is a well known Kantscholar and philosopher of mind who is Mark Van DorenProfessor of Humanities at Columbia.
He has trained a number of prominent philosophers of science, including
Peter Godfrey-Smithat Harvard University and Kyle Stanfordat the University of California at Irvine.
His appointments and service have included:
*Editorial Board, "Philosophy of Science", 1985-1994.
*Editor-in-Chief, "Philosophy of Science", 1994-1999.
Philosophy of Science Association, 1987-1991.
*Member NIH/DOE Working Group on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the
Human Genome Project, 1995-1997.
*Representative of the
American Philosophical Associationto Section L of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995-1998.
*Member, Board of Officers, American Philosophical Association, 1996-99.
*Philosophy Referee for
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1994—
*"Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism". MIT Press, 1982 (paperback 1983). ISBN 0-262-61037-X
*"The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge". Oxford University Press, 1983 (paperback 1984).
*"Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature". MIT Press, 1985 (paperback 1987).
*"The Advancement of Science", Oxford University Press, April 1993 (paper January 1995).
*"The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities" (Simon and Schuster [U.S.] , Penguin [U.K.] , January 1996, paperback editions 1997). The American paperback contains a postscript on
cloning, almost identical with his article “Whose Self is it, Anyway?”.
*"Science, Truth, and Democracy", Oxford University Press, 2001; paperback 2003. ISBN 0-19-516552-7
*"In Mendel’s Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology", Oxford University Press, 2003. (This is a collection of seventeen of his articles: articles numbers 21, 22, 24, 38, 43, 45, 51, 54, 55, 59, 70, 72, 82,83, 84, 92, 93).
*"Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring", co-authored with
Richard Schacht, Oxford University Press, February 2004. ISBN 0-19-517359-7
*"Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith" , Oxford University Press, January 2007. ISBN 0-19-531444-1
*"Joyce's Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegans Wake" , Oxford University Press, July 2007. ISBN 0-19-532103-0
* [http://www.columbia.edu/~psk16/ Philip Kitcher website] via Columbia University.
* [http://human-nature.com/nibbs/04/kitcher.html Interview with Philip Kitcher] . "Human Nature Review". 2004 Volume 4: 87-92 (7 February).
* [http://www.pointofinquiry.org/?p=118 Interview by Point of Inquiry] July 13, 2007 (mp3/podcast). Kitcher "explores the implications of Darwinism for both literalist religion, and for liberal faith" and "discusses the role and benefits of religion, and explores alternatives to it, such as secular humanism, and offers ideas for how secular humanism might become more popular in society."
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