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Nicholas Sturgeon

Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus

Nicholas Sturgeon

Educational Background

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

Overview

Professor Sturgeon taught at Cornell beginning in l967. He was a visiting faculty member at the University of Michigan, at Johns Hopkins and at UCLA. His chief areas of interest were ethics and the empiricists, but he also did work in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the history of ethics. He 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.

Professor Sturgeon passed away in August of 2020.  Link to Cornell Chronicle obituary  Link to obituary    Link to NY Times obituary edits controversy   

Departments/Programs

  • Philosophy