Colin Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Hiram Connect, George and Arlene Foote Chair in Ethics and Values

Colin Anderson


Colin Anderson studied the one of a kind Great Books curriculum at St. John’s College as an undergraduate–the equivalent to majoring in Philosophy and the History of Science and Mathematics with minors in Comparative Literature and Classics. After graduation he enrolled and studied the history of philosophy with Adriaan Peperzak with an emphasis on ancient greek philosophy. His dissertation focused on the relationships between “cognition” and “desire” in Plato’s view of moral understanding.

After several years at Northern Illinois University, he found the teaching position at a liberal arts college he was looking for and joined Hiram College’s faculty in 2002.


  • Ph.d., Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago, 2002
  • M.A., Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago, 1995
  • B.A., St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1991

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Meta-ethics
  • Applied Ethics (especially Animals and Environmental)
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, Aikin, Casey “You Would Sing Another Tune: Subjunctive Tu Quoque Arguments, Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. 27, 1 (2012), pp. 39-46.
  • “Is this Desire?” In Praise of Speaking: A Gathering in Honor of Adriaan Peperzak, Loyola College Maryland, MD, May 2009.
  • “The Comedy of Philosophy in Plato’s Phaedo,” Panel on Comedy and Plato, American Philological Association 2007 Meeting, San Diego.