Stephen White, associate professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, died yesterday.
Professor White took up a position at Northwestern in 2012, the year he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His undergraduate degree is from Pomona College.
The Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University has created a memorial fund to support a scholarship or prize in Professor White’s name (the specifics of which will be determined by his family). You can donate to the fund here. The department writes:
Stephen was a talented philosopher, a beloved teacher and mentor, and a valued colleague. He was also a devoted husband to his wife, Jessica, and a loving father to their two-year old daughter, Lucy…
Professionally, Stephen was a brilliant young ethicist.. Stephen’s tragically short career was rich with accomplishments and honors. As a graduate student, he was awarded the prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe fellowship for his dissertation, “Friendship, Beneficence, and the Self.” At Northwestern, his teaching was recognized by the Associated Student Government of Northwestern in their honor roll for 2018–2019. One of his articles, “On the Moral Objection to Coercion,” was selected by the Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best philosophy papers of 2017, and in 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Laurence S. Rockefeller Fellowship, for a one-year sabbatical at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values. Most fundamentally, he was a penetrating and generous philosopher who wanted to devote all of his skill and effort to important, and yet very specific questions about how best to live one’s life.
Professor White’s death was owed to complications from heart surgery.
(via Jennifer Lackey)
UPDATE (3/29/21): Philosophy and Public Affairs is providing free access for the next 30 days to Stephen White’s 2017 paper in the journal: “On the Moral Objection to Coercion.” (via Anna Stilz)
UPDATE (4/7/21): The Department of Philosophy at Northwestern has arranged for several of Dr. White’s articles to be made freely available for a limited time:
- “On the Moral Objection to Coercion.” Philosophy & Public Affairs, vol. 45, no. 3, Summer 2017, pp. 199-231.
- “The Problem of Self-Torture: What’s Being Done?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 94, no. 3, May 2017, pp. 584-605.
- “Self-Prediction in Practical Reasoning: Its Role and Limits.” Noûs, Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue, April 2020.
- “Transmission Failures.” Ethics, vol. 127, no. 3, April 2017, pp. 719-32.
- “Responsibility and the Demands of Morality.” Journal of Moral Philosophy, vol. 14, no. 3, June 2017, pp. 315-38.
- “The Centrality of One’s Own Life.” Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, vol. 7, 2017.