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The story of Pittsburgh’s philosophy department

In the university newspaper.

The story of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Philosophy reflects the larger story of the University. After World War II, the captains of Pittsburgh’s industry committed themselves to transforming the University from a commuter college into a center of rigorous intellectual research and training.

With the help of Pitt’s Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science Adolf Grünbaum, the results soon exceeded Peake’s most optimistic ambitions, as the University of Pittsburgh Department of Philosophy quickly earned a nearly unparalleled reputation as a preeminent new center for research within the field. In time, some of the most distinguished names within the realm of 20th-century scholarship joined the department, including the late Professors Wilfred Sellars, Carl Hempel, Kurt Baier, and Wesley Salmon. The many doctoral students they educated now occupy important positions across the contemporary philosophical scene, while their successors at Pitt carry on their tradition of excellence in scholarship and teaching.


One response to “The story of Pittsburgh’s philosophy department

  1. pittsburgh entertainment news January 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Although there are many reasons to visit Pittsburgh as a tourist such as professional baseball and football, the Pirates and Steelers respectively there are also many historical gems you can find if you look for them. Most people know about Fort Pitt, and the Carnegie Museum on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh but my favorite attractions are two relics of an era gone by, across the Monongahela River from the skyscrapers on Mount Washington.


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