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Charles Scott

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Research Professor of Philosophy

Reseach Area

Ethics, 19th and 20th Century Continental

Professor Scott is currently working on a study of the functions of sensibility in the formation of ethical imperatives and judgments.

Professor Scott taught at Vanderbilt from 1966 through 1993. While here, he was Chair of the Philosophy Department from 1980 to 1990, directed the Mellon Regional Faculty Development Program (1979-1987) and directed the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities from its inception in 1987 to 1993. At Penn State, Professor Scott held the Edwin Erle Sparks Professorship in Philosophy, was the Interim Head of the Philosophy Department in 2002-3, and was Graduate Admissions Officer from 1994 to 2002. He returned to Vanderbilt in 2005 to found and direct the Vanderbilt University Center for Ethics. He now teaches full time in the Department.

Recent Courses

Seminars in Nietzsche, Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida.


Ethics, Social and Political, Continental

Representative publications

Living With Indifference, Indiana University Press, May 2007
The Lives of Things, Indiana University Press, 2002
The Time of Memory, SUNY Press, 1999
On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics and Politics, Indiana University Press, 1996
The Question of Ethics, Indiana University Press, 1990
The Language of Difference, Humanities International Press, 1987
Boundaries in Mind: A Study of Immediate Awareness Based in Psychotherapy, Crossroad Publishing Co., 1982