Faculty Profile

Crystal L'Hôte, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., M.A. Johns Hopkins University
B.A. Colgate University

Areas of Expertise:

Philosophy of mind (and cognates), metaphysics and epistemology, and feminist philosophy, all in the analytic tradition. 

Courses I Teach:

  • Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Logic: Laws of Thought
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Environment

My courses highlight the ongoing relevance of philosophy. Philosophy of Mind engages contemporary neuroscience; Logic: Laws of Thought prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test; Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Environment examines responsibilities to nature and environment; and Philosophy of Human Nature pairs timeless philosophic topics with timely topics in bioethics. I also make efforts to see that learning extends beyond the classroom: I launched the Plato Lecture and am the regular host of the Philosophers’ Table.

Research Interests:

Philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of language, feminist philosophy, and bioethics, all in the analytic tradition.

My research engages contemporary iterations of the mind-body problem, generally advancing the thesis that mindedness defies reductive explanation. My current work focuses on two topics: the metaphysics of brain parcellation and functional localization in the neurosciences, and the relationship between mental states and moral endeavors, e.g., between memory, emotion and forgiveness.

I have published journal articles and reviews, have been invited to present my work at national and international conferences and workshops, and have been awarded local and national fellowships

My work has appeared in Evolution: Education and Outreach, The Journal of Value Inquiry, and Metapsychology, and I recently have delivered papers at the joint session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (on emotion and epistemology); at the University of Osnabrueck (on the hypothesis of extended cognition); at the University of Hertfordshire (on narrative and theory of mind), and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (on thoughtlessness and virtue epistemology). I am also one of 15 scholars awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to participate in a six-week Metaphysics and Mind seminar at Washington University in St. Louis.

Life Off Campus:

I have competed in triathlons and running events (long and short distances), and generally enjoy rigorous physical activity, whether hiking in the Green Mountains with my dog or cross-country skiing in the wooded areas of Burlington. 

Crystal L'Hote, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, was in short-term residence at the Mind and Life Institute at Amherst College, where, in May, she was invited to present a paper on her sabbatical work. Inspired by a poem by Emily Dickinson, who lived in Amherst, the title was "Blue to Blue: Aligning Mind and Brain."
(September 2015)

Crystal L'Hote, associate professor of philosophy, received a grant from the Center for Neuroethics and Society at the University of Pennsylvania to support her participation in a two-week, interdisciplinary summer session on contemporary topics in neuroscience." In late April, Crystal delivered a paper, "(Neural) Activity and Consciousness," at the annual Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, hosted by Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. The paper engages methodological questions in the contemporary neuroscience(s).
(posted August 2014)

Crystal L'Hôte, associate professor of philosophy, presented a lecture, "Memory, Moral Agency, and the Possibility of Forgiveness," on November 15, at Colgate University, where she earned her undergraduate degree.  (November 2013)

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