Claremont Colleges Philosophy

A Resource for Claremont Philosophy Programs



Welcome to the Claremont Colleges Philosophy Project! This site is here to offer helpful news and links to Claremont philosophy students and faculty. This project is also home to the biannual newsletter: The Hemlock Cup, edited by Pitzer Prof. Brian Keeley. (The newsletter is on a bit of a hiatus right now... but check out the back issues!)

Upcoming Philosophy Lectures & Events:



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SPECIAL EVENT: Throughout Spring 2015, the topic of Scripps Colleges's Humanities Institute shall be "Concepts of Self". It will feature many philosophers, including Eric Schwitzgebel, Darek Parfit, Louise Antony, Cressida Heyes, Julia Sushytska, John Martin Fischer, Andrea Westlund and Ahmed Alwishah, among others. For details on the various talks, symposia, etc., visit their website.




4:15, February 5, 2015 — Location: TBA at Pomona

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham and at the University of California, San Diego, as well as a past recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.


4:15, February 13, 2015 — Location: Pearsons 101 at Pomona

Brian Leiter, "The Truth is Terrible:  Nietzsche on the Aesthetic Justification of Existence"

Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, and founder and Director of Chicago's new Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values.


4:15, February 26, 2015- Location: TBA at CMC.

Clare Batty

Prof. Batty is a philosopher and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky who works on the philosophy of perception, especially as it relates to olfactory perception.


4:15, March 5, 2015- Location: TBA at Pomona.

Daniel Morgan

Prof. Morgan is a philosopher and Associate Professor in the Dept of Cinema & Media Studies interested in the Philosophy of Film.


4:15, March 26, 2015- Location: TBA at CMC.

Sarah McGrath

Prof. McGrath is an ethicist at Princeton University.


4:15, April 16, 2015- Location: Balch Auditorium at Scripps. 2015 Merlan Lecture

"Can We Avoid the Repugnant Conclusion? A Problem in the Ethics of Population"

Derek Parfit, Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

Global Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, New York University

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

One of the most famous -- if not the most famous -- philosophers alive today, Derek Parfit specializes in issues of morality, identity, value, consciousness, and our duties to future generations.  According to The New York Times, Parfit "has done more than any philosopher alive to explore such difficulties."*   He is an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Global Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at New York University, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.  His groundbreaking book, Reasons and Persons, has enthralled, captured and vexed the minds of philosophers and others since 1984 (Oxford University Press).  And his second set of books, On What Matters, Volumes 1 and 2 (Oxford University Press, 2012) continues to be the topic of philosophical discussion worldwide.  He received his BA in Modern History from Oxford University, studied philosophy as a Harkness Fellow at Columbia and Harvard, and has been a Fellow in Philosoph! y at All Souls College, Oxford since 1967.



5:00-7:00, May 5, 2015- Location: Kravis Center Lower Court 62 at CMC.

Christopher Lebron

"Black Love and Black Rage in America"

Prof. Lebron is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Yale University.





4:15, October 1, 2015- Location: TBA at Pomona.

Michael Della Rocca

Prof. Della Rocca is Andrew Downey Orrick Prof of Philosophy at Yale University and works on the history of modern philosophy (especially, Spinoza) and philosophy of mind.


4:15, October 29, 2015- Location: TBA at Pomona. 2015 Sontag Lecture

Jonathan Lear

Prof. Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He works in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychiatry.






4:15, February 25, 2016- Location: TBA at Pomona.

Daniel Morgan

Prof. Morgan is a philosopher and Associate Professor in the Dept of Cinema & Media Studies interested in the Philosophy of Film.


4:15, March 25, 2016- Location: TBA at Pomona.

Stephen White

Prof. White is an ethicist and political philosopher at Northwestern University, interested in issues concerning partiality and impartiality, the morality of personal relationships, and how the sphere of public morality differs from private or personal morality.