Faculty Profile

Crispin Sartwell

Associate Professor of Philosophy (2004)

Contact Information


East College Room 203B


Author of "Political Aesthetics" (Cornell University Press, 2010), "Six Names of Beauty" (Routledge 2004), and many other books. Interests include hip hop and other popular musics, anarchist political theory, epistemology, Asian philosophy.


  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1980
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1985
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1989

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

PHIL 204 American Philosophy
An introduction to major philosophical texts and themes originating in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This course will cover such thinkers as Emerson, James, Peirce, Dewey, and Santayana and themes such as naturalism, transcendentalism, in particular, pragmatism. Contemporary developments in the American philosophical tradition may also be included.Prerequisites: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 253 Postmodern Politics
The class will grapple with attempts to understand contemporary politics philosophically. Movements and figures will include Richard Rorty's neo-pragmatism, Foucault's genealogy, Habermas's discourse ethics, Baudrillard's simulacra, and Judith Butler's argument that gender is a performance rather than a biological category.

PHIL 401 Senior Seminar
A seminar focusing in depth on a selected philosophical topic, author or text with special emphasis on student philosophical writing and voice. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least one at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 550 Independent Research

Spring 2016

POSC 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01.

PHIL 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01.

PHIL 205 Topics in Asian Philosophy
Cross-listed with EASN 205-06.

EASN 205 Topics in Asian Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 205-01.

PHIL 500 Independent Study