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Catherine Wilson
Position: Distinguished Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Princeton, B.Phil., Oxford, B.A., Yale

Research Interests

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Moral and Political Theory
  • Philosophy of Literature


Courses Recently Taught
  • Proseminar (Fall 2015)
  • Science and Metaphysics from Descartes to Kant (Fall 2014)



Representative Publications

Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (OUP 2008)

Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory (OUP 2004)

The Invisible World (Princeton 1995)

‘Moral Truth—Observational or Theoretical?’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society,  111 (2011) pp. 95-112.

‘Grief and the Poet’ (with comments by Gilmore, James, Ricks, Russell, and Walton), British Journal of Aesthetics, 53 (2013) 77-91.

‘Darwin and Nietzsche,’ The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (2013)pp. 353-369.