Adam Morton (1945-2020) (updated)


Adam Morton, a philosopher who over the course of his career held appointments at several institutions, most recently at the University of British Columbia (UBC), has died.

Professor Morton wrote on a range of topics in ethics, epistemology, and philosophy mind. His books include Should We Colonize Other Planets?Emotion and ImaginationBounded Thinking: Intellectual Virtues for Limited AgentsOn Evil, and The Importance of Being Understood: Folk Psychology as Ethics, among others. You can explore some of his research here and here.

Prior to his appointment at UBC in 2011, Professor Morton was at the University of Alberta, the University of Oklahoma, and for 20 years (1980-2000) the University of Bristol. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1971.

In addition to writing academic philosophy, Professor Morton also wrote stories, some of which are here.

UPDATE (10/30/20): The Department of Philosophy at UBC has posted an in-depth obituary for Dr. Morton here.

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