Harry Frankfurt, emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton University, whose work on free will has been highly influential, has died.
Professor Frankfurt was well-known for his work on freedom and moral responsibility, love, and other subjects in moral philosophy. On the subject of free will, he is especially known for his articulation of compatibilism and the kind of examples, now referred to as “Frankfurt cases,” with which he argued against the principle of alternate possibilities. He also attained some degree of fame in popular culture when his 1986 essay, “On Bullshit,” was republished as a book in 2005, leading to various articles and television appearances (e.g., here’s his interview on The Daily Show). You can learn more about his writings here.
Professor Frankfurt joined Princeton in 1990. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years at Yale, and over a dozen years at Rockefeller University. Before that, he held appointments at SUNY Binghamton and Ohio State University.
He died on July 16th.