Emeritus Faculty


The Philosophy Department is fortunate that emeriti members of its faculty have continued to live near the university and to remain active in the life of the Department, teaching courses, attending and sometimes running workshops or reading groups, and advising and sometimes supervising Ph.D. dissertations.

Howard Stein

Professor Stein, born 1929, received a B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1947, a Ph. D. from The University of Chicago (Department of Philosophy) in 1958, and an M. S. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Department of Mathematics) in 1959. His work in philosophy has centered in the philosophy of physics, and to some extent that of mathematics, with a strong emphasis upon the history of physics and mathematics, and the history of philosophy itself as it has been concerned with those disciplines, in periods ranging from antiquity ("Comments on 'The Thesis of Parmenides'" [1969]); "Eudoxos and Dedekind: On the Ancient Greek Theory of Ratios and its Relation to Modern Mathematics" [1995]) through the present (e.g.: "A Problem in Hilbert Space Theory Arising from the Quantum Theory of Measurement" [1979]; "On the Present State of the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics" [1982]; "On Relativity Theory and Openness of the Future" [1991]; "On Quantum Non-locality, Special Relativity, and Counterfactual Reasoning" [forthcoming]), with considerable attention to the seventeenth century (e.g.: "Newtonian Space-Time" [1967]; "On Locke, 'the Great Huygenius, and the incomparable Mr. Newton'" [1990]; "On Philosophy and Natural Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century" [1993]; "Newton's Metaphysics" [2002]). He is currently preparing a number of papers for publication (see list of pending items in his curriculum vitŠ), and preparing also the first volume, dedicated to papers that center on the work of Isaac Newton, of a projected collected edition of his articles.

Josef Stern

Josef Stern is William H. Colvin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus. Since his retirement from the Department, he continues to work on contemporary philosophy of language and medieval philosophy, especially Jewish and Arabic philosophy, and he is pondering the fine distinction between being and not being retired, what one might call "the law of the excluded end." At present he is completing a book manuscript on quotations and pictures and, in medieval philosophy, a number of projects that focus on epistemological and metaphysical issues in the philosophy of the twelfth-century Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides, in particular, the epistemology of prophecy and a skeptical critique of certainty. In 2016-7 he will be a Senior Fellow at the Maimonides Center for Advanced Studies–Jewish Skepticism at the University of Hamburg. When not in Germany, he can be found in Jerusalem—and if you sight him on the Quads, check that it is not an identical twin.

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William Tait

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Chicago. Received a B.A. at Lehigh University in 1952 and a Ph.D. at Yale University (Philosophy) in 1958. He has taught at Stanford (1958-1964), University of Illinois-Chicago (1065-1971), Aarhus University (1971-72), University of Chicago (1972-1996). Main areas of research are logic and the philosophy of mathematics and its history. He continues, in retirement, to teach classes and lead workshops.

Website: http://home.uchicago.edu/~wwtx/

Email: williamtait@mac.com

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William Wimsatt

William Wimsatt, Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, served as Professor of Philosophy and is a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science. He studied engineering, physics, and philosophy at Cornell, earning a B.A. in 1965. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and began working at the University of Chicago in the same year. Wimsatt taught in the Biology Collegiate Division (undergraduate), the Committee on Conceptual Foundations of Science (graduate), the Program in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science (undergraduate), the Committee on Evolutionary Biology (graduate), the M. A. Program in the Social Sciences (graduate), and, of course, the Department of Philosophy (graduate and undergraduate). His work centers on the philosophy of the inexact sciences-biology, psychology, and the social sciences-the history of biology, and the study of complex systems. He continues, in retirement, to teach classes.

William Wimsatt won the 2015 Norman Maclean Faculty Award from the UChicago Alumni Association. - Link

Email: wwim@uchicago.edu

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Recently Deceased

Ted Cohen

Ted Cohen was Professor in Philosophy, the College, the Committee on Art and Design, and the Committee on General Studies in the Humanities. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1962, the Ph.D. from Harvard in 1972, and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1967. Cohen worked mainly in the philosophy of art. Among his recent publications are the book Jokes, and the essays, "Identifying with Metaphor," "Metaphor, Feeling, and Narrative," and "Three Problems in Kant's Aesthetics."

Professor Cohen passed away Friday, March 14, 2014.

Cohen Faculty webpage
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John Haugeland

John Haugeland was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago since arriving here (from the University of Pittsburgh) in the fall of 1999 and appointed the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy in 2006. He held a bachelor's degree (in physics) from Harvey Mudd College (1966) and a PhD from U.C. Berkeley (1976). His main interests included (early) Heidegger, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind (including cognitive science), philosophy of language, and stuff like that. He is the author of Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea (MIT 1986) and Having Thought (Harvard 1998); the editor of Mind Design (MIT 1981; second edition, 1997); and co-editor (with Jim Conant) of Thomas Kuhn's The Road Since Structure (Chicago 2000).

John Haugeland passed away on June 23, 2010.

Hagueland Faculty webpage

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Leonard Linsky

Professor Linsky received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He held teaching positions at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv) and the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association, and a recipient of the medal of the Université de Liège (Belgium). He served as chair of the Department at the University of Chicago. Professor Linsky's teaching and research fell into two areas; the philosophy of language, and the history of early Analytic Philosophy. He published several dozen articles and five books: Semantics and the Philosophy of Language (edited with an Introduction, this book has been translated into Italian and has been in print continuously for fifty years since its publication), Reference and Modality (edited with an Introduction, this book has been translated into Italian), Referring (translated into French), Oblique Contexts, Names and Descriptions(translated into Spanish). His most recent publications are on the early philosophy of Bertrand Russell ("The Unity of the Proposition", and "Russell's 'no-classes' Theory of Classes".) While in retirement he continued to teach classes and direct workshops on Wittgenstein.

Leonard Linsky passed away on August 26, 2012.

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Ian Mueller

Professor Mueller served as Chair of the Department and as Director of Graduate Studies and of Undergraduate Studies. He was also Chair of the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science and a member of the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World. He is a member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences and on the editorial boards of Apeiron and Sciences et Techniques en Perspective. He has held research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (twice), the Center for Hellenic Studies, the Fondation Les Treilles (Salernes, France), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Center for Scientific Research (Paris, France), the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, and Christ's College, Cambridge. His main research interests are in ancient Greek philosophy of science and the reception of Aristotle in later antiquity. He is the author or editor of six books and has published more than seventy scholarly articles and reviews.

Ian Mueller passed away on August 6, 2010.



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