Garrett, Don

Don Garrett

Professor of Philosophy

Professor Garrett came to NYU in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence. He has also taught at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Utah.

Professor Garrett works primarily in early modern philosophy, with special interests in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. He is the author of Cognition and Commitment in Hume’s Philosophy (1997) and Hume (forthcoming), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (1996).

Professor Garrett is an admired and highly effective teacher praised for his sparkling clarity in lecture and willingness to help students. His popular lecture course in the College Core invigorates students’ study of challenging texts that explore moral judgment and the sources humans look to for guidance in making choices about the best way to live. Students applaud the links he draws between Hebrew scripture, Greek drama, British novel, and Enlightenment philosophical texts. Appropriately for a philosopher, Professor Garrett is noted for his ability to model the construction of strong arguments, which improves students’ writing and argumentative skills.

He has served as co-editor of Hume Studies and as North American editor of Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and was Carnegie Centenary Professor at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.

Professor Garrett has won numerous fellowships and awards including: Carnegie Centenary Professor University of Edinburgh (May-August 2011); Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Fellowship, University of Edinburgh (2011); Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (inducted 2009); Tanner Humanities Center Fellowship (1995-96); Faculty Fellow Award, University of Utah (1991); Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Fellowship, University of Edinburgh (1984); Mrs. Giles R. Whiting Fellowship (1978–1979).