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Claire Kirwin

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Chicago
I work on the nature of value—ethical, aesthetic, and beyond—and the nature of our relationship to it as minded creatures. Currently, I am writing about moral knowledge, love, alienation, the first-person perspective, and whether value is real (it is). My work in these contemporary areas wears its historical heart on its sleeve, with my research informed and inspired by several figures from the history of philosophy, most centrally Plato and Nietzsche. I maintain a secondary research program on Nietzsche, and am especially interested in him as a critic of morality, in which role he stands as a powerful antagonist but also a source of inspiration for my own work.