Claire Kirwin

Claire Kirwin
Research Interests: Ethics, Metaethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Nietzsche

Previous Education

MMathPhil and BPhil, Oxford


Ethics, Metaethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Nietzsche


Dissertation Title: “Value Realism and the First Person Perspective”

Dissertation Committee: Agnes Callard, David Finkelstein (co-chairs), Brian Leiter, Candace Vogler

Recent Courses

PHIL 22840/32840 Knowing the Good

(MAPH 32840)

In this class we'll think about a family of problems that arise concerning moral knowledge. What is the nature of the connection - if indeed there is one - between knowing what you ought to do and actually doing it? Is moral knowledge sufficient, or necessary, for virtue? Was Socrates right to think that weakness of will ('akrasia') is impossible? How is moral knowledge acquired, and how can it be passed on between people? Are there such things as moral experts, and if so, should we defer to their judgments concerning what we ought to do? To support our thought about these topics, we'll read a range of texts from throughout the history of philosophy, beginning with Plato and continuing to authors from the present day.

2019-2020 Spring

PHIL 22821 Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality

(MAPH 32830)

The class will focus on a careful reading of Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality. We will consider what 'genealogy' means to Nietzsche, and what form of argument it enables him to make. We will also consider the various different modes of 'reading' that Nietzsche's text invites, and think critically about what this means for philosophical scholarship on Nietzsche's work. 

Open to MAPH students and 3rd and 4th years in the College.

2018-2019 Winter