Faculty Profile

Crispin Sartwell

Associate Professor of Philosophy (2004)

Contact Information




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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Spring 2017

PHIL 103 Logic
The study and practice of forms and methods of argumentation in ordinary and symbolic languages,focusing on elements of symbolic logic and critical reasoning, including analysis and assessment of arguments in English, symbolizing sentences and arguments,constructing formal proofs of validity in sentential and quantificational logic.Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.

PHIL 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with POSC 180-02.

POSC 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-02.

PHIL 253 Contemporary Anarchism
Anarchist political theory is perhaps in its most fertile period since the early 20th century. We will examine developments in anarchist philosophy and social science by figures such as James Scott, Pierre Clastres, and David Graeber; political theory by A. John Simmons and Michael Huemer; postmodern material by Todd May and Hakim Bey; and writings of Noam Chomsky. We will also examine the role of anarchism in recent developments such as Occupy, anti-globalization and anti-austerity movements, environmentalism, and the arts.