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Crom Visiting Philosopher

Sponsored by the department of philosophy and religious studies, the Crom program is a series which brings distinguished and influential philosophers to campus for two days of talks, classroom visits, and lectures. It is named in honor of Scott Crom, a longtime and legendary philosophy professor at Beloit College who died in 2013. The series, established in 2010, was originally named for John Selzer’77, an alumnus whose gift made the program possible.

Robert Pippin


Robert B. Pippin is an Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on modern German philosophy, including Kant’s Theory of Form; Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness; and Modernism as a Philosophical Problem, a book on philosophy and literature, Henry James and Modern Moral Life; and two books on film, Hollywood Westerns and American Myth, and Fatalism in American Film Noir. He is a past winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Philosophical Society.

 Watch Pippin's lecture "Moral Suspension in Hitchcock's Vertigo" here.


Tyler burge


Tyler Burge is a professor of philosophy at UCLA, where he has taught since 1971. He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and history of philosophy, and his most recent book is Origins of Objectivity. He has published the first two of several projected volumes of essays: Truth, Thought, Reason and Foundations of Mind. Two books of essays on his work, with replies, are Reflections and Replies: Essays on the Philosophy of Tyler Burge and Meaning, Basic Self-Knowledge, and Mind. A third, Cognition Through Understanding, was published in spring 2013.

He is a former president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as of the British Academy, and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Institut International de Philosophie. He has given the Locke Lectures at Oxford, the Dewey Lectures at Columbia, and the Nicod Lectures in Paris.

Burge earned his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in 1967 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1971.

* This year, the philosopher's visit will be jointly sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the Selzer Visiting Philosopher program.

Margaret Battin


Margaret Battin, a bioethicist, was the 2015 Scott Crom Visiting Philosopher. Battin is a distinguished professor in the department of philosophy at the University of Utah, where she is also an adjunct professor of internal medicine in the division of medical ethics.

Battin has authored, co-authored, or edited, more than 20 published works. Much of Battin’s scholarly work is centered on assisted suicide and end-of-life issues. In 2005, she published the book Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die via Oxford University Press.

Watch her 2015 Crom lecture,"The Least Worst Death" here.

Richard Bernstein


Richard Bernstein is the Vera List Professor of Philosophy and former dean of the graduate facility at The New School. He has written a dozen books including The Pragmatic Turn (2010),The Abuse of Evil: The Corruption of Politics and Religion since 9/11 (2006), and Radical Evil: A Philosophical Interrogation (2002). Bernstein specializes in American pragmatism, social and political philosophy, critical theory, and Anglo-American philosophy.

Jeff McMahan


Jeff McMahan is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and one of the leading active scholars in just war theory. McMahan is also the author of Reagan and the World: Imperial Policy in the New Cold War (1984), The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (2002), Killing in War (2009), and The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment (forthcoming).

Daniel Dennett


Daniel Dennett is an internationally recognized philosopher, author, and professor who has a lot to say about the mind. His publications, including 13 books and more than 300 scholarly articles, often explore the origination and implications of human consciousness and free-will. He is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

Martha Nussbaum


Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. The author of numerous books and publications, Nussbaum has taught at Oxford, Brown, and Harvard Universities. She is the founder and coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism and is the recipient of 33 honorary degrees from institutions spanning the globe.