University of Pittsburgh


John McDowell

Portrait of John McDowell

Department: Philosophy

Degrees: MA, Oxford

Courses Taught: Metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of Plato and Aristotle; Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics


John McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy. Before coming to Pittsburgh in 1986, he taught at University College, Oxford. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, UCLA, and Princeton University. He was the John Locke Lecturer at Oxford University in 1991. A version of his lectures has been published as Mind and World (Harvard, 1994). Several of his papers have been collected in Mind, Value, and Reality (Harvard, 1998) and Meaning, Knowledge, and Reality (Harvard, 1998). His major interests are Greek philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology, and ethics. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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