Robert S. Cohen (1924-2017)


Robert S. Cohen, professor emeritus of philosophy and physics at Boston University, died yesterday, June 19th, 2017. Professor Cohen was known mainly for his work in the philosophy and history of science. 

Professor Cohen edited over 100 books in the history and philosophy of science. He was one of the founders the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science in 1960, which he directed for 33 years. In 1963 he launched Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. There is a Robert S. Cohen archive at the Institute for the Vienna Circle, and there is a library at Tsinghua University that bears his name.

Professor Cohen’s funeral will be on Thursday, June 22nd at 10 am at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Below is a video of Professor Cohen speaking on the occasion of the BU Center’s 50th anniversary celebration, in October, 2010.

(source: Alisa Bokulich, via PHILOS-L)

(I will update this post with links to obituaries as I learn of them.)

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