Sunday, March 22, 2009

RIP Marjorie Grene

The Los Angeles Times today publishes an obituary of the philosopher Marjorie Grene, at the age of 98. A student of Whitehead's, Heidegger's, and Jaspers's, she was an important and idiosyncratic presence in philosophic circles for seven decades. Though she made important contributions to the then-emergent field of existentialism, she is best known for founding the and doing seminal work in the philosophy of biology. Her work was included in the highly prestigious Library of Living Philosophers series. Fired from the University of Chicago in 1944, she went into voluntary academic exile, working as a farmer in the US and later in Ireland; eventually she settled at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.


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