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Crispin Sartwell

Associate Professor of Philosophy (2004)

Contact Information

East College Room 203


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

PHIL 101 Intro to Philosophy
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.

PHIL 203 19th Century Philosophy
This course treats major texts by significant 19th century philosophers such as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche.Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 205 Confucius & Confucianism
It is often said that that, some 26 centuries after the life of Confucius, China remains a Confucian culture. This may well make him the most influential philosopher in human history. This course will closely read Confucius's Analects, as well as other texts attributed to Confucius. We will then read ancient followers such as Mencius and Hsün Tzu and examine their rich atmosphere of philosophical debate. The course will finish with the neo‐Confucianism of figures such as Wang Yang‐Ming, whose profound philosophy was also influenced by Taoism and Buddhism.

PHIL 550 Independent Research