Philip Stratton-Lake, professor of philosophy at the University of Reading, died last month following a period of serious illness.
David Oderberg, Head of the Department of Philosophy at Reading, shared the following brief memorial notice:
Philip was a much loved and respected colleague in the Department since he joined in 1998. He was an internationally reputed moral philosopher with expertise in a wide range of areas including meta-ethics, moral epistemology, Kantian ethics, contractualism, intuitionism, and Ross-style pluralism.
He was one of the world’s leading figures in the revival and defence of ethical intuitionism, writing the article on the topic for the Stanford Encyclopedia and editing a seminal volume (Ethical Intuitionism: Re-evaluations). He also edited the now standard edition of W.D. Ross’ The Right and the Good. Other work includes an important monograph on Kant (Kant, Duty and Moral Worth) along with many articles and chapters in collections.
The Department will miss Philip in so many ways: his jovial personality; his support for colleagues and students; the many teaching and managerial roles he took on with such success over the years; his fearsome philosophical skills, always tempered with fairness and open-mindedness; and his all-round collegiality, good sense, and down-to-earth nature.
Prior to joining Reading, Professor Stratton-Lake was a lecturer at Keele University. He earned his BA and his PhD from the University of Essex.
UPDATE: The Department of Philosophy at Reading has posted a memorial notice here.