Lilli Alanen, professor emerita of philosophy at Uppsala University, has died.
Professor Alanen was known for her writings on early modern philosophy, especially Descartes, but also Spinoza and Hume. She also published work on the philosophy of the emotions, ethics, and feminist approaches to the history of philosophy. You can learn more about her work at PhilPapers and also in this memorial notice authored by colleagues of hers at Uppsala. They write:
As a scholar, Alanen was both meticulous and brave. In the last decades of the 20th century, she was one of the leading figures of a scholarly movement seeking to renew the study of history of philosophy by combining careful philosophical analysis with an emphasis on the importance of historical-philosophical contexts. She also questioned the traditional divisions into clear-cut periods within the history of philosophy, and she was an early proponent of the need to continually reexamining the canon of Western philosophy, and, if necessary, reconsidering which thinkers and works to include in it. Not least, Alanen played an important role in highlighting many examples of long-overlooked women philosophers throughout history.
She began teaching at Uppsala in 1997. Prior to her appointment at Uppsala she held positions at the University of Helsinki and the University of Pittsburgh. According to her department, she was the first woman to hold the position of “professor of philosophy” in Sweden.
(via Pauliina Remes and Sebastian Lutz)