Lives of PhilosophersCategory
Agnes Heller, a prolific Hungarian philosopher who as a child lost much of her family in the Holocaust and as a professor at the University of Budapest lost her job because she refused to testify that her mentor, György Lukács, committed political “crimes”, has died. (more…)
“Uncontroversial ideas need not less but more critical scrutiny, since they generally get such an easy ride.” Those are the words of John Gardner, Professor of Law and Philosophy and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University, who died last week at age 54. (more…)
Francisco Miró Quesada Cantuarias, professor emeritus at the University of San Marcos, by some accounts Peru’s “leading philosopher” and one of the most important Latin American philosophers of the 20th Century, died earlier this week.
Gertrude Ezorsky, professor emerita of philosophy at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, died this past April. The following is an obituary written by Nanette Funk and Andrew Wengraf. It describes Professor Ezorsky’s notable career and character, as well as the remarkable hurdles she had to overcome in her career. (more…)..
Joan Callahan, professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Kentucky, has died. (more…)
Ruth Anna Putnam, professor emerita of philosophy at Wellesley College, died this past Saturday. (more…)
Mary Warnock, a philosopher, crossbench peer of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and policy expert on education and biomedical ethics, died yesterday. (more…)
Anita Silvers, professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University (SFSU), has died. (more…)
“It has been very smooth from a medical perspective, deeply moving and gratifying from an emotional perspective, a wellspring of reflection in my philosophical thinking, and a dramatic source of excitement in my teaching this semester.” (more…)
Vere Chappell, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, died on January 28th, 2019. (more…)
John Tienson, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Memphis, has died. (more…)
Looking for some good music? There’s a new EP out from Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò, a philosopher who just earned his PhD at UCLA and is starting as an assistant professor at Georgetown University this fall. (more…)
Lawrence Becker, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of William & Mary and fellow of Hollins University, has died. (more…)
Mary Midgley, a well-known British moral philosopher, has died at age 99. (more…)
If I knew then what I know now, I certainly would’ve “decided” to become a philosopher. But back when I was working my way here, I didn’t really know what a philosopher was, or why one would want to be one. I didn’t have the materials for making the relevant decision—and by the time I did, I was already a philosopher.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope there’s some beauty in your day. (more…)
A study of depression and anxiety among graduate students has found that 39% of its survey respondents “scored in the moderate-to-severe depression range.” (more…)