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.
- PHIL 117 - Problems in Philosophy (from 2015 spring)
- PHIL 141 - Punishment & Responsibility (from 2017 spring)
- PHIL 210 - Epistemology (from 2014 spring)
- PHIL 270 - Self & World (from 2016 fall)
- PHIL 320 - Contemporary Pragmatism (from 2015 spring)
- PHIL 329 - Wittgenstein (from 2016 fall)
- PHIL 336 - Language & Meaning (from 2016 spring)