Columbia professor selected for Rescher Medal for Systematic Philosophy

Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey professor of philosophy at Columbia University, has been awarded Pitt’s 2019 Nicholas Rescher Medal for Systematic Philosophy.

The Nicholas Rescher Medal was established in 2010 in honor of a distinguished philosophy professor who taught at Pitt for more than 50 years. 

It is awarded biennially and previous recipients are Ernest Sosa of Rutgers University, Alvin Plantinga of Calvin College, Jürgen Mittelstrass of the University of Konstanz, the late Hilary Putnam of Harvard University, and Ruth Millikan of the University of Connecticut.

Kitcher has published extensively on the philosophy of science, the philosophy of biology, the social reception of science, and the place of science within democratic society.  His work also includes books on naturalistic ethics and philosophical themes in literature and music.

The 2019 Rescher Medal lecture and award ceremony will be on Feb. 7, 2020, on the Pittsburgh campus.

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