Catherine Elgin

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Catherine Z. Elgin (born 1948) is a philosopher working in epistemology and the philosophies of art and science.[1] She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University where she studied with Nelson Goodman and is currently a professor of philosophy of education at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She is well known for her several joint works with philosopher Nelson Goodman.

Philosophical work[edit]

Elgin's work has considered such questions as "what makes something cognitively valuable?" As an epistemologist, she considers the pursuit of understanding to be of higher value than the pursuit of knowledge.[1]

In Considered Judgement, Elgin argues for "a reconception that takes reflective equilibrium as the standard of rational acceptability."[2]


  • With Reference to Reference, 1982
  • Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences, 1988
  • Revisionen. Philosophie und andere Künste und Wissenschaften, 1993
  • The Philosophy of Nelson Goodman, v. 1. Nominalism, Constructivism, and Relativism, ISBN 0-8153-2609-2, v. 2. Nelson Goodman's New Riddle of Induction, ISBN 0-8153-2610-6, v. 3. Nelson Goodman's Philosophy of Art, ISBN 0-8153-2611-4, v. 4. Nelson Goodman's Theory of Symbols and its Applications, ISBN 0-8153-2612-2, 1997[3]
  • Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary (Paperback), 1997[4]
  • Considered Judgment, 1999
  • Philosophical Inquiry: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2007
  • Begging to differ, The Philosophers' Magazine, December, 2012
  • True Enough, MIT Press, 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Harvard: Catherine Elgin". Harvard University. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Considered Judgment". Princeton University Press. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  3. ^ Elgin, Catherine (1997). The Philosophy of Nelson Goodman. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-8153-2612-2. 
  4. ^ "Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary (Paperback)". Retrieved 2009-03-02.