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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, is made possible by gifts from John Selzer’77 and Roy J. Schneiderman'77.

David Boonin

Fall 2018

The 2018 Crom Visiting Philosopher David Boonin is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado-Boulder and director of the department’s Center for Values and Social Policy. Boonin’s keynote "Sexual Consent and Non-Physical Coercion" will present and defend a general account of coercion and use that account to help answer the questions raised by cases of non-physical coercion.

Andy Clark

Spring 2018

Professor Clark (BA, DPhil, Stirling) was appointed to the Chair in Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh in 2004, where he currently teaches. Prior to that he had taught at the University of Glasgow, the University of Sussex, Washington University in St Louis, and Indiana University, Bloomington. He was Director of the Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology Program at Washington University in St Louis, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University.

He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2015, and is credited with having co-created the extended mind hypothesis, an important theory in cognitive science and philosophy which claims the mind is not contained within the brain or body, but is in part literally constituted by the environment in which it finds itself. He works primarily within the philosophy of mind, and has also written extensively on connectionism and robotics within artificial intelligence.

Andy Clark's most recent book is Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind (Oxford University Press, 2015). It follows his other popular and successful books including Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again (MIT Press, 1997), Mindware (OUP 2nd edition, 2014), Natural Born Cyborgs: Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence (OUP, 2003), and Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension (OUP, 2008).

Linda Martin Alcoff


Linda Martin Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Professor Alcoff's most recent book, The Future of Whiteness (Polity 2015), has been called “a compellingly hopeful if sober analysis, offering renewed possibility for a much more modest conception of whiteness, one incorporating a commitment to racial justice.”  She has written three other books, including Women's Choices, Women's Realities (Oxford, 2015), co-authored with the Hunter College Women’s and Gender Studies Collective; and Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self (Oxford, 2006), winner of the Frantz Fanon Award in 2009.  She has co-edited ten volumes, including Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion (Indiana 2011); Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader (SUNY 2009); and Identity Politics Reconsidered (Palgrave, 2006).  She has also published over 80 articles and book chapters, and served as a co-editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 

Professor Alcoff has served as President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, and Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.  For the past five years she has taught a course on Decolonizing Knowledge and Power for the Center for the Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues in Spain and more recently in South Africa.  She is currently at work on a new book on sexual violence, and another on decolonizing epistemology.

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.


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.

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.

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.