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Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College
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Michael Krausz Michael Krausz

Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Office: Thomas 122
Phone: 610.526.5062


Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2015

Specializations: Theory of knowledge, theory of interpretation, philosophy of science, philosophy of  history, philosophy of art, and philosophy of music.

Michael Krausz is the Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. Trained at the Universities of Toronto and Oxford, he has been visiting professor at Georgetown University, Oxford University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, American University in Cairo, University of Nairobi, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, University of Ulm, and others. Krausz has also been on the Liberal Arts faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music since 2002.

Krausz is the author of Rightness and Reasons: Interpretation in Cultural Practices (Cornell University Press), 1993; Varieties of Relativism, with Rom Harré, (Basil Blackwell Publishers), 1995; Limits of Rightness (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), 2000; Interpretation and Transformation: Explorations in Art and the Self (Rodopi Publishers), 2007; Dialogues on Relativism, Absolutism, and Beyond: Four Days in India (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), 2011; and Oneness and the Displacement of Self: Dialogues on Self-Realization (Rodopi Publishers), 2013. 

He is also contributing editor of Critical Essays on the Philosophy of R. G.  Collingwood (Clarendon Press, Oxford), 1972; Relativism: Interpretation and Confrontation (Notre Dame University Press), 1989; The Interpretation of Music: Philosophical Essays (Clarendon Press, Oxford), 1993; Is There a Single Right Interpretation? (Pennsylvania State University Press), 2002; and Relativism: A Contemporary Anthology (Columbia University Press, 2010).

Krausz is contributing co-editor of The Concept of Creativity in Science and Art (Nijhoff Publishers), 1981; Relativism: Cognitive and Moral (Notre Dame University Press), 1984; Rationality, Relativism and the Human Sciences (Nijhoff Publishers), 1986; Jewish Identity (Temple University Press), 1993; Interpretation, Relativism and the Metaphysics of Culture (Humanity Press), 1999; and The Idea of Creativity (Brill Publishers), 2009. 

Krausz is the co-founder and former Chair of the fifteen-institution Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium.  He is also the founder of the Greater Philadelphia Human Studies Council. In 1997 Krausz was awarded the Hans Kupczyk Prize from the University of Ulm. In 2001 the University of Delhi sponsored a four-day international conference on his philosophical work.  In 2003 a festschrift dedicated to Krausz's work, entitled Interpretation and Its Objects: Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz, was edited by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi and published by Rodopi Publishers.

Krausz's creative activities include art and music. He has had thirty-four solo and duo exhibitions in galleries in the U.S., U.K. and India.  And, since 2005, he has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra at Bryn Mawr, comprised of forty-six young professional musicians.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Theory of Knowledge

Philosophy of Science

Culture and Interpretation

Relativism: Cognitive and Moral


Philosophy of Music

Philosophy of Creativity

Philosophy of History