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Catherine Wilson
Position: Visiting Presidential Professor 2014-2018 (Fall Semesters)
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 301 747 5975
Room Number: 7113.01
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Princeton, B.Phil., Oxford, B.A., Yale
Research Interests: My interests include the history and philosophy of the physical and life sciences 1620-1800; naturalistic approaches to moral and aesthetic theory and pacifism as a philosophical position. I am currently working on a book on Kant's not yet well understood oppositional stand to 18th century materialism.

Research Interests

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

Courses Recently Taught
  • Matter, Mind and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy (2017)
  • Smith, Kant, Rousseau (2016)
  • Proseminar (Fall 2015)
  • Science and Metaphysics from Descartes to Kant (Fall 2014)

Representative Publications

Metaethics from a First-Person Standpoint (Open Book, 2016)
A Very Short Introduction to Epicureanism (OUP 2015)
Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (OUP 2008)
Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory (OUP 2004)
The Invisible World (Princeton 1995)

Recent Articles and Chapters
'The Scientific Perspective on Moral Objectivity,' Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2017), pp. 1-14
‘Leibniz on War and Peace and the Common Good,’ in Fuer unser Glueck und das Glueck anderer, Hildesheim: Olms, 2017, pp. 33-62.
‘Internal Reasons and the Limits of Philosophy’ Philosophical Inquiry 4 (2016) 86-100.
‘Another Darwinian Aesthetics,’ Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74:3 (2016) pp.237-252