Ken Taylor (1954-2019) (w/ updates)

Kenneth Taylor, the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, has died.

Ken Taylor

Professor Taylor was known for his work in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, as well as serving as one of the co-hosts of the long-running radio show and podcast, Philosophy Talk.

Professor Taylor taught at Stanford since 1995. Prior to that, he worked at Rutgers University, the University of Maryland, Wesleyan University, the University of North Carolina, and Middlebury College. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Taylor’s death, announced earlier today, was unexpected. Just yesterday he shared with friends on social media that he had nearly completed his next book, Referring to the World.

You can read a detailed interview with Professor Taylor here.

UPDATE (12/3/19): Krista Lawlor, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Stanford, shares the following:

We are profoundly sad to announce that our colleague Ken Taylor died suddenly at his home yesterday evening. Ken was a beloved and important presence in the Stanford Philosophy Department for many years. Plans for a memorial will be announced on the department website.


UPDATE (12/4/19): Natalie Jabbar, Assistant Director of Public Relations at Stanford, informs me that the university has now posted a substantial obituary for Professor Taylor. John Perry, emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford and Professor Taylor’s longtime co-host on Philosophy Talk, has published a tribute here.

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