Jerome (“Jerry”) Borges Schneewind, professor emeritus of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, well-known for his work on history of philosophy and ethics, has died.
Professor Schneewind wrote primarily on the history of philosophy, including the history of ethics. He is the author of numerous articles, edited collections, and several books, including Sidgwick’s Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy (1977), The Invention of Autonomy (1998), and Essays on the History of Moral Philosophy (2009). You can read more about his work here.
Professor Schneewind was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University from 1981 until his retirement. He also taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton, Yale University, Pittsburgh University, and Hunter College CUNY. He received his MA and PhD from Princeton University and his BA from Cornell.
Professor Schneewind was the recipient of Mellon, Guggenheim, NEH, and Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences fellowships. He was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Steven Gross, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins, shared the following memorial notice:
The William H. Miller III Department of Philosophy mourns the passing of Jerry Schneewind, Professor of Philosophy, emeritus. Professor Schneewind was deeply admired both for his ground-breaking work in the history of ethics and for his service to the field. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and later Chair of its Board of Officers. In March 2000, the Department organized a conference in his honor on “Reading Autonomy”.
UPDATE: There is now an obituary on the Johns Hopkins University website.