Catherine Z. Elgin (born 1948)
is a philosopher whose focus is the theory of knowledge and the philosophies of art and science. She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and is currently a professor at Harvard University. She is well known for her several joint works with philosopher Nelson Goodman.
Elgin's work has considered such questions as "what makes something cognitively valuable?" As an epistemologist, she considers the pursuit of understanding to be of higher value than the pursuit of knowledge.
- With Reference to Reference, 1982
- Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences, 1988
- Revisionen. Philosophie und andere Künste und Wissenschaften, 1993
- The Philosophy of Nelson Goodman, v. 1. Nominalism, Constructivism, and Relativism, ISBN 0-8153-2609-2, v. 2. Nelson Goodman's New Riddle of Induction, ISBN 0-8153-2610-6, v. 3. Nelson Goodman's Philosophy of Art, ISBN 0-8153-2611-4, v. 4. Nelson Goodman's Theory of Symbols and its Applications, ISBN 0-8153-2612-2, 1997
- Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary (Paperback), 1997
- Considered Judgment, 1999
- Philosophical Inquiry: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2007
- Begging to differ, The Philosophers' Magazine, December, 2012