Stephen Nathanson, professor emeritus of philosophy at Northeastern University, has died.
Professor Nathanson was known for his work on economic justice, war and peace, patriotism, punishment, and social and political philosophy. His books include Terrorism and the Ethics of War, An Eye for an Eye: The Immorality of Punishing by Death, The Ideal of Rationality: A Defense, Within Reason, and Patriotism, Morality, and Peace. You can learn more about his writings here.
Professor Nathanson was on the faculty of Northeastern for over 40 years, serving twice as department chair, and for several years leading the university’s center for teaching and learning. He earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
His colleagues rememember him as a dedicated educator and write, “Professor Nathanson was a mentor, musician, activist, and lover of ideas. He pursued a collaborative and supportive version of philosophical practice, and believed that philosophy was crucial to understanding and responding to the challenges of our times.”