Philip Kitcher is a British philosopher who is currently the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is known for his wide ranging interests in philosophy, including work in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of literature and pragmatism—the philosophical school developed in 19th and 20th century America. Kitcher received his B.A. in Mathematics and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, England. He received his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy Science from Princeton University in 1974.
Kitcher is widely regarded as one of the world’s best living philosophers. He has worked extensively on question at the core of the philosophy of science, such as the nature of good scientific theories and research programs. More recently, his interest in the American pragmatic philosopher John Dewey has led him to develop pragmatic ideas of value to the study of philosophy. In particular, pragmatism typically hold that ideas are true in so far as they have some practical use for us, a view that Dewey developed throughout his career.
Kitcher is past president of the American Philosophical Society, and became fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. In 2006, he received that first Prometheus Prize from the American Philosophical Association for his achievements in the philosophy of science. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.
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