RIP: Peter Menzies (1953-2015)

UPDATE 15 February 2015: There is now a short obituary note on the AAP website, with comments open for anyone who wants to leave thoughts or reminiscences about Peter.

Australian philosopher of science and metaphysician Peter Menzies has died last Friday. Below is the message sent out by Huw Price and Philip Pettit. Please let me know if an obituary has appeared–I will gladly link to it.

Dear Colleagues

We are sad to report that Peter Menzies (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University) died on Friday 6 February, after a long illness. He is survived by his partner, Catriona Mackenzie (Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University), and their extended family.

Peter will be remembered by friends, students and colleagues as one of the most lucid and generous voices in Australasian philosophy, and by philosophers worldwide as one of the most astute metaphysicians of his generation. He was particularly well known for many influential papers on causation.

Peter’s funeral will be held at 3pm, Thursday 12 February, at the Norwood Park Crematorium, Gungahlin, Canberra. There will also be a memorial in Sydney later in February, at a time, date and place to be advised. An obituary will appear in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy in due course.

Huw Price & Philip Pettit


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