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Cowling Visiting Professors

Philosophers Visiting Carleton with the Support of the Donald J. Cowling Foundation

We are very fortunate to have an endowment, given in honor of Donald J. Cowling, President of Carleton from 1909-1945, that enables us to bring distinguished visiting philosophers to the campus for extended periods, often to teach for a whole or a half term, sometimes for a week-long residency. Cowling Visitors participate in a number of activities including teaching courses, giving public lectures, conducting faculty seminars, and leading discussions in classes. Since 1959 over 40 visitors from all over the world, including England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Argentina, Israel, Ghana, and India, have held the Cowling Chair. These visitors have been very important in connecting the Department--both its faculty and its students--with the wider world of philosophy. Many Carleton students have benefited from their presence, not only intellectually but also in terms of opportunities for advancing their careers.

Academic year beginning in:

  • 2015 Charles Guignon, University of South Florida
  • 2013 Margaret Atherton, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee
  • 2012 Michael Loux, University of Notre Dame
  • 2011 Kendall Walton, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2010 Russ Shafer-Landau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2009 Charles Chihara, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2008 Ruth Millikan, University of Connecticut
  • 2007 Stephen Stich, Rutgers University
  • 2006 Jonathan Adler, The City University of New York, Graduate Center
  • 2005 Elizabeth Spelman, Smith College; Maria Lugones, SUNY Binghampton
  • 2004 Murat Aydede, University of Florida
  • 2003 Meredith Williams, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2002 Lilli Alanen and Fred Stoutland, Uppsala University
  • 2001 Michael Williams, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2000 Julia Annas, University of Arizona
  • 1999 Susan Haack, University of Miami
  • 1998 Keith Lehrer, University of Arizona
  • 1997 Carleton Philosophy Alumni Symposium honoring David Sipfle on his retirement
  • 1996 Margaret Dauler Wilson, Princeton University
  • 1995 Ernest Sosa, Brown University
  • 1994 Arthur Fine, Northwestern University
  • 1993 Alexander P.D. Mourelatos, University of Texas
  • 1992 Robert Cummins, University of Arizona
  • 1991 Arthur Danto, Columbia University
  • 1990 Richard Rorty, University of Virginia
  • 1989 Donald Sherburne, Vanderbilt University
  • 1988 Joseph Agassi, York University
  • 1987 Colin Lyas, Lancaster University
  • 1986 Kwasi Wiredu, University of Ghana
  • 1985 A. P. Griffiths, Warwick University
  • 1984 Marjorie Grene, University of California, Davis
  • 1983 Howard Hong, St. Olaf College
  • 1982 W. H. Walsh, University of Edinburgh
  • 1981 Risieri Frondizi, University of Buenos Aires
  • 1980 Reunion of Former Cowling Professors honoring D. J. Cowling's 100th Birthday
  • 1979 Morris and Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz, Smith College
  • 1978 J. Michael Hinton, Worcester College, Oxford
  • 1977 Errol E. Harris, Northwestern University
  • 1976 R. E. Allen, University of Toronto
  • 1975 Carl G. Hempel, Princeton University
  • 1974 Peter Jones, University of Edinburgh
  • 1973 Roderick Firth, Harvard University
  • 1972 Marcus G. Singer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1971 Milic Capek, Boston University, Daya Krishna, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
  • 1970 Martin Eshleman, Carleton College, R. I. Aaron, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • 1969 Morton White, Harvard University, George I. Mavrodes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1968 Ruby Meager, Birkbeck College, LondonKlaus Hartmann, University of Bonn
  • 1967 Stephen C. Pepper, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1966 G. N. A. Vesey, King's College, London
  • 1965 Cornelius Kruse, Wesleyan University
  • 1964 J. Seelye Bixler, Colby College
  • 1963 Louis O. Mink, Wesleyan University
  • 1962 Newton P. Stallknecht, Indiana University
  • 1961 J. N. Findlay, King's College, London
  • 1960 Wolfgang Yourgrau, University of Denver
  • 1959 Phillip Wheelright, University of California, Riverside