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Edwin McCann

School of Philosophy, USC

Contact information:
  • School of Philosophy
    University of Southern California
    3709 Trousdale Parkway
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0451
  • Voice: 213-740-5169
  • FAX: 213-740-5174
  • E-mail: mccann@usc.edu

  • I have taught at USC since 1983. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1971, and took my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. From 1975 to 1978 I was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, and from 1978 to 1983 I was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at M.I.T. I have held visiting appointments at UCLA, UC Irvine, Claremont Graduate School, and most recently at Harvard University (2000-1) and at UC Berkeley (2004-5).

    I have taught a wide variety of philosophy courses, and have also taught regularly in the Thematic Option honors program at USC. In January 1993 I was named Faculty of the Month by the Mortar Board Honors Society, and in 1997 received the USC Associates' Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    My research interests center in the history of modern philosophy, especially Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Newton, and Kant. I am also interested in the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and in contemporary philosophy of mind and action.

      • Courses
        Here are course materials for the courses I am currently teaching, and a listing of courses I have taught in the past.
      • Research and Publications
        Here is a listing of my publications and brief descriptions of my current research.
      • Selected Web Resources
        Here are some links to philosophy web resources which I have found useful in my teaching and research.

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