RIP: Adolf Grünbaum (1923-2018)

As noted on Daily Nous, Adolf Grünbaum, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science and its Department of History of Philosophy of Science, died this past Thursday.

Professor Grünbaum was known for his work in philosophy of physics and the philosophy of psychology.

He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1960, founding its Center for Philosophy of Science. Prior to that, he was a professor at Lehigh University. He received his PhD in philosophy from Yale in 1951.

(via Edouard Machery)

On a more personal note, I was fortunate to take a seminar he taught on the philosophy of religion, which he alternated with a seminar on the philosophy of psychoanalysis in the early 2000s when I was a graduate student at Pitt. I will always be grateful for his support, particularly for his very kind letter of recommendation (which he read to me over the phone!). I always admired his energy and enthusiasm for philosophy, which kept strong at what was already then an advanced age!

At the peril that this may be an awkward thing to say about the staunch atheist he was: may he rest in peace.


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