Barry Stroud (1935-2019) (updated)


Barry Stroud, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, died last week.

Professor Stroud was known for his work in epistemology and metaphysics, particularly on philosophical skepticism, as well as on Hume and other figures in the history of philosophy.

Stroud received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. He took up an assistant professorship at UC Berkeley at 1961, retiring in 2016 as the Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy.

UPDATE: “His body of work, his influence on generations of students, his imprint on the character of our department, the example that he set of the purest philosophical inquiry—all of it is beyond reckoning” — from a brief memorial notice posted at the UC Berkeley Department of Philosophy site.

UPDATE (8/19/19): “Rather than taking it for granted that we understand what philosophical problems are and so can set ourselves to the task of solving them, Stroud repeatedly called attention to the possibility that philosophers lack a proper understanding of what we ourselves are doing” — from a philosophical obituary for Barry Stroud by John Schwenkler (Florida State) at 3 Quarks Daily.

UPDATE (8/26/19): “…an influential thinker who challenged the prevailing attitudes of mid-20thcentury philosophy and sought to understand enduring and inescapable questions about knowledge, perception and reality” — from a detailed obituary at the University of California, Berkeley website.

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