Keith Yandell (1938-2020)

Keith Yandell, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, died on April 28th.

Professor Yandell was known for his work in philosophy of religion. He joined the Department of Philosophy at Wisconsin in 1966, retiring in 2011 as the Julius R. Weinberg Professor of Philosophy. He was also an affiliate professor of philosophy at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, beginning in 2004. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. You can learn more about his research here and here.

(via Mike Titelbaum)
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David Estlund
David Estlund
4 years ago

I’m sad to hear about this. During my years as a graduate student in the department (1980 to 1986) the students closest to him (and he did have a significant following) tended to be working in philosophy of religion, which I did not. But I have always valued the rigorous and fun graduate seminar I took with him on Hume. More than most of my other seminars in the history of philosophy, he walked us briskly through an amazing amount of the text, always helpfully organized by a thoughtful interpretation of his own, and yet always open and generous with questions and challenges. I learned a ton (or so it seems to me!).

John Tilley
John Tilley
4 years ago

I recall that same Hume seminar that Dave mentions. Very pleasant but also philosophically rigorous. Many good memories. Sad to hear that Keith has died.