Mitch Clearfield

Senior Lecturer of Philosophy & General Studies

Olin Hall 195

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., University of Notre Dame

Mitch's main interest is the philosophy of language: thinking about how language relates to both the mind and the external world, and what (if anything) can be revealed about those through the study of language. In pursuing that interest, he focuses on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein from the first half of the twentieth century, and on the more recent development of pragmatism in the work of Donald Davidson, Richard Rorty, and Robert Brandom.

Since moving to Walla Walla, which has a large state penitentiary on the outskirts of town, he has also become quite interested in the philosophy of criminal justice. This has led to the development of a course at Whitman, as well as participation in Whitman's Prison Research Group and volunteering with several different non-profits in the area that relate to issues of criminal justice.

When Mitch isn't at work, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing cards and games with friends. He also love cats, but sadly, is allergic to them and can't have them anymore.

Here are some syllabi from Mitch's recent classes: