Philip Kitcher

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Philip Kitcher
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See also Philip Kitcher's entry in Columbia's directory.

Philip Kitcher (born 1947) is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy and a former Chair of Contemporary Civilization. He has a delightful foreign accent, and can often be seen wearing a fedora. His research focuses on the apparent conflict between science and religion.

Kitcher was born in London and spent his early years in Sussex, England. He studied mathematics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, then got a PhD in philosophy/history and the philosophy of science at some backwater university. Since then, he has taught at Vassar College, the University of Vermont, the University of Minnesota, the University of California at San Diego, and, most recently, at Columbia.

His wife Patricia Kitcher also is a philosophy professor at Columbia. Various students have wondered what their dinner conversations must be like.

Although Kitcher is somewhat of a legend in the Philosophy department, he's one of the most personable professors out there. He teaches, among other classes, "Science and Religion" and "Finnegans Wake."

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