Joseph Margolis, professor of philosophy at Temple University, has died.
Professor Margolis worked across a range of areas in philosophy, including aesthetics, pragmatism, relativism, and various topics in applied ethics, writing over 30 books. You can learn more about his writings here, and read an interview with him here.
Professor Margolis taught at Temple University beginning in 1968. Prior to that he held appointments at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Cincinnati, the University of South Carolina, and Long Island University, and held visiting positions at many universities over the course of his career. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1953.
UPDATE: The Philadelphia Inquirer has published an obituary for Professor Margolis.
UPDATE 2: Video Comments Sought for Margolis Memorial Event
Via Phillip Honenberger (Temple):
As you may know, the philosopher Joseph Margolis passed away on June 8th, 2021. Temple University is preparing a memorial event on Sept. 17th and in conjunction with this, I’m compiling a set of video comments from scholars and former students influenced by Margolis and his work. After some light editing to fit comments from as many people as possible, these video comments will be played at the Temple University memorial event on Sept. 17th.
Invitation: You are invited to produce a video of about 1-2 minutes in length in answer to the question, “What did you learn from Joseph Margolis?” I will then compile and lightly edit these videos into a roughly 15-25 minute presentation to play at Margolis’s memorial event. I welcome anecdotes but more importantly would like to hear reflections on the most important philosophical lessons (either most important overall or just for your own work) that you believe can be gleaned from Margolis’s work.
What to send me:
(1) A link to the video in downloadable form (GoogleDrive is best but other file-sharing services such as Dropbox can work as well).
(2) Your full name as you want it to appear in the video.
(3) Your affiliation as you want it to appear in the video (institution and position title, if possible).
Where to send it:
My email address: [email protected]
Monday, September 13th, 11:59pm
Spread the word!:
If you know scholars influenced by Margolis, or former students of Margolis, please share this announcement with them.
The event will be held Friday, September 17th from 3-5pm over Zoom. Speakers include John Gibson, Susan Feagin, Philip Honenberger, and Jale Erzen. The event will be viewable here.