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Nicholas Sturgeon

Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus

Nicholas Sturgeon

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 226

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Princeton University 1972
  • B.A., Carleton College 1964


Professor Sturgeon has taught at Cornell since l967. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Michigan, at Johns Hopkins and at UCLA. His chief areas of interest are ethics and the empiricists, but he also does work in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the history of ethics. He has taught graduate-level courses on moral realism and its critics, and on other issues in metaethics; on consequentialism as a first-order ethical theory; on the tradition of British moral philosophy from Hobbes to Hume; and on the British empiricists.


  • Philosophy