Katherine Hawley, professor of philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, has died.
Professor Hawley was known for her philosophical work on trust, various questions in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science, and other topics such as impostor syndrome and creativity. Her most recent book, How To Be Trustworthy, was published in 2019. She is also the author of Trust: A Very Short Introduction (2012) and How Things Persist (2001). You can learn more about her research here and here.
Professor Hawley started at St. Andrews in 1999. Prior to that, she was a research fellow at Cambridge University, where she earned her Ph.D. and M.Phil. Her undergraduate degree, in physics and philosophy, is from Oxford.
She died of cancer.
CORRECTION: The original headline of this post misstated the year of Katherine Hawley’s birth as 1972. She was born in 1971.
UPDATE: Alexander Douglas (St. Andrews) has written a remembrance of Katherine Hawley. An excerpt:
I sometimes wondered how she had time to do her own work when she was always looking after the rest of us. But reading her work now, I see that this might be a false separation. The spirit of her kindness shines through it. Maybe it’s even the engine that powers it, for all that her intelligence does.