Philosopher Marco Dees Dies in Climbing Accident

Marco Dees, adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at Vassar College, has died. He was 33.

Professor Dees, died on July 22nd while hiking in Wyoming. An article in the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that he fell 300 feet while rock climbing in the Cascade Canyon area. He was with his girlfriend, who was uninjured. There is a detailed account of the rescue here.

Professor Dees earned his M.A. and M.Lit. from the University of St. Andrews, and his Ph.D., in 2015, from Rutgers, with a dissertation entitled The Fundamental Structure of the World: Spacetime, Physical Quantities and the Laws of Nature.  His research interests were in metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and epistemology, and especially on the question of what the world is fundamentally like.

He was an expert climber.

Before coming to Vassar, Marco taught at Bard College.  He was known as an inspiring teacher and colleague, according to Vassar Philosophy Department chair Jeffrey Seidman.

He is survived by his parents Chrisjan and Anja Dees of Middleton St. George, UK, siblings Henrieke, Jonathan, Paul, and Rachel and their spouses and children, and his partner Grace Mooney. Ms. Mooney provided the photo below and added that “Marco was an accomplished rock climber, outdoorsman, and mountaineer who died doing what he loved most.”



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