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History of UMM Philosophy

The Morris campus Philosophy discipline was founded in 1963 by Ted Uehling.

Howard Wettstein and Peter French joined the department a few years later, and in 1974, the three of them established one of the most highly regarded journals for analytic philosophy: Midwest Studies in Philosophy.

In 1978, the Australian philosopher J.L. Mackie served as a visiting professor.

Ishtiyaque Haji was a member of our department from 1992 until 2003.

We have hosted the annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium since 1975. Previous colloquium speakers have included:

  • Donald Davidson
  • Saul Kripke
  • Fred Dretske
  • Gilbert Harman
  • David Gauthier
  • Keith Donnellan
  • Alvin Goldman
  • David Kaplan
  • Paul Benacerraf
  • Keith Lehrer
  • Jonathan Bennett
  • John Searle
  • Robert Solomon
  • Phillipa Foot
  • Nancy Cartwright
  • Gary Watson
  • Stephen Stich
  • and many others