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In Memoriam

Jim Dye (1934 - 2016)

James Wayne Dye, “Jim” to friends, died peacefully at his home in DeKalb, IL on October 30, 2016. He is survived by Dorothy Coleman, his wife of 31 years, and his daughters Melissa and Alexandra. Jim was a charter member of the Hume Society.

He received his Ph.D. at Tulane University, and taught at Washington University in St. Louis from 1960-66 before joining the faculty at Northern Illinois University. He remained at NIU until his retirement in 2003, serving as Philosophy Department Chair in his final three years. More than any other member of the faculty Jim was responsible for the NIU Department's concentration on the History of Philosophy in its Master’s program. In his graduate-level teaching Jim contributed courses on the Pre-Socratics, on Plato, on Hume, on Kant, and on Hegel. No other faculty member’s scholarship reached as widely.

In addition to authoring Religions of the World (1967, repr. 1976), he published over 30 academic articles, including three articles in Hume Studies. He presented over 50 papers at academic conferences, including several Hume Conferences. Jim was an avid runner, gifted photographer, gourmet cook, wine connoisseur, classical music and opera lover, technophile, builder of 18th-century replica furniture, including a gloriously hand-painted harpsichord, and a tenacious do-it-yourselfer. Jim traveled widely, and was proficient in several languages. He will be missed.

Robert Fogelin (1932 – 2016)

Robert Fogelin, professor of philosophy and Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Dartmouth College, died at his home in White River Junction, Vt., Monday, Oct. 24, after dealing with Parkinson’s Disease.

A leading American philosopher known for his work on philosophical scepticism, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and David Hume, he taught at Dartmouth from 1980 to 2001. In 2005 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

An admired and beloved colleague, according to Christine Thomas, chair of the Dartmouth philosophy department, she said, “Bob was a shrewd and whimsical philosopher, a generous colleague and mentor, and a warm, bright friend. He made those around him better. That’s no small thing.”

Fogelin received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1960 and was on the faculties of Pomona College and Yale University prior to Dartmouth College, receiving awards for teaching at all three institutions. At Yale, his introductory philosophy course had an enrollment of almost 800 students. National recognition of his teaching and scholarship includes the Robert Foster Cherry Great Teacher Award (Baylor), the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship in Philosophy, and fellowships at the Rockefeller Study Center (Bellagio), the Liguria Center for the Study of the Arts and Humanities (Bogliasco), the Australian National University, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford).

Fogelin’s many books include Walking the Tightrope of Reason; two studies of Wittgenstein; and four studies of Hume, including one forthcoming, Hume’s Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (a posthumous book about Hume’s posthumous book). His informal logic textbook, Understanding Arguments, is now in its ninth edition.

Former students, now themselves members of AAAS, have praised his influence in their own books: Don Garrett, professor of philosophy at New York University, says he is an exemplar of a “Humean virtuous person” —“that is, a person with a generous array of mental qualities useful and agreeable to the possessor and others, mixed in just the right proportions.” Susan Wolf, professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, says, in introducing her to philosophy, he “brought out the excitement, the challenge, and the sheer fun of it.”

He is survived by his wife, Florence Fogelin; three sons: Eric Fogelin, Shasta, Calif., John Fogelin, Petersfield, England, Lars Fogelin, Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Oliver and Isabelle, Petersfield, England.

A reception short on memorializing will be held at a date in early December.

Again according to Thomas, Bob always knew how to throw a good party.

-- Valley News

Dale Jacquette (1953 – 2016)

Professor Dale Jacquette of the University of Bern Switzerland died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the age of 63. After graduating from Oberlin in 1975 with high honors in philosophy Jacquette earned his Ph.D. at Brown University in 1983 with a doctoral thesis on the logic of intention under the direction of Roderick Chisholm. Thus began an amazingly productive career which saw the publication of a long series of informative and influential books appearing at a rate exceeding one per year, and covering a vast range of philosophically salient topics in logic, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind. Of special interest to Jacquette were Meinong, Russell, and Frege—to each of th=whose work he dedicated several books. His breadth of vision is indicted by the fact that Schopenauer and Wittgenstein also figured in his pantheon. Beyond his own writings, Jacquette rendered service to the profession in various important editorial projects, including a term as the editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly (during 2002-05).

There is a long tradition of transatlantic migration of European scholars into American universities, but movement in the reverse direction is exceedingly rare. Jacquette became on of its few instances when he moved from Penn State University to the University of Bern in 2008. His transit betokened the deep appreciation his European colleagues had for his extensive work on modern Germanophile logic and philosophy.

Jacquette was a devoted and indefatigable researcher possessed of a keen insight into fundamentals and a tenacious determination to get to the heart of the matter. His premature death left several important projects in a state of near-readiness for publication, including a monumental philosophical biography of Gottlob Frege in preparation for Cambridge University Press.

An accessible and friendly person who always manifested a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, Dale Jacquette had accumulated a wide circle of admiring and dedicated friends and associates. His departure is a great loss both to philosophy itself and to the philosophical community.

-- Nicholas Rescher

João Paulo Monteiro (1938 – 2016)

With sadness and sympathy, the Hume Society announces the passing of Professor João Paulo Gomes Monteiro. A brief memorial notice from Professor Monteiro's department is available here. A formal memorial from the Society will follow.

David Fate Norton (1937 – 2014)

David Fate Norton, an early Charter Member and then a longtime member of the Hume Society died on November 8, 2014, after courageously battling multiple sclerosis for nearly four decades. David worked in the history of philosophy and had special expertise in all aspects of Hume’s work. David will be remembered not only for his significant contribution to Hume scholarship, but also for extensive service to the Hume Society. This service included membership on the Executive Committee, and his directorship of several of the Hume Society Conferences, among them Canberra (1990), Rome (1994), and Victoria (2001). He was also an inspiration and mentor to younger generations of Hume scholars. Many have benefited from David’s guidance, his spirit of collaboration, as well as from his generosity with his time and his hospitality.

David was born into a farming family on February 7, 1937, and grew up in Michigan, where he eventually met his wife Mary (Cook). Theirs has been a true partnership in the life of the mind. Together they collaborated for many years to produce, in 2007, the Clarendon edition of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. This edition includes a second volume with a historical account of the writing and reception of the Treatise, an explanation of the editorial work, and nearly 300 pages of annotations “intended to illuminate” Hume’s texts (T, Vol. 2, p. 685).

The following draws on a brief autobiography that David wrote at the request of Somerset House in Victoria, where he lived with Mary. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Bethel College in Indiana, he moved to California, where he earned an MA in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He also taught at UCSD, first as a lecturer and then for three years as an Assistant Professor. He then received an invitation to teach at McGill University in Montreal, which he accepted. In 1990, he became the MacDonald Professor of Moral Philosophy. Honors included a Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ, and serving as a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh; he was also elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.

In addition to the Clarendon two volume edition of Hume’s Treatise, David’s work on Hume includes David Hume: Common-Sense Moralist, Sceptical Metaphysician (Princeton University Press, 1982); Cambridge Companion to Hume (Cambridge University Press, 1993, with a second edition, co-edited with Jacqueline Taylor in 2009); and with Mary J. Norton, The David Hume Library (Edinburgh Bibliographical Society and National Library of Scotland, 1996). David also served as an editor for the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Together David and Mary Norton initiated the McGill David Hume Collection Research Grant, with supplemental funds from McGill University. The David Hume Collection at McGill is, as its website states, “the most important collection of Hume materials outside Edinburgh.”

David’s generosity with his own students, and with many other, often early career scholars, stands as a testament to Hume’s own ideals of humanity and justice. It is with pride that we continue to observe within our scholarly community the spirit of generosity for which David set a high bar. Our condolences and gratitude go to Mary Norton.

-- Jacqueline Taylor

John B. Stewart (1924 – 2015)

John Benjamin Stewart, BA, MA, PhD, 90, of Bayfield, Antigonish County, passed away on June 11, 2015, at Green Meadows Community Residence, Antigonish County. John, the only son of George and Minnie (MacGregor) Stewart, was born in Charlottetown, PEI, and raised in Southport until the age of 5 years when they moved to Bayfield Antigonish County. As John grew older and took a keen interest in history, he was especially delighted that the home his parents chose was built by Elisha Randall, the first settler in Bayfield. After finishing his schooling in Antigonish, he went to Acadia University (1941-1945) where he earned BA and MA degrees in history. After graduation from Acadia, John was accepted at Columbia University in NYC in the field of political law and government. With his PhD completed, concentrating on constitutional law, John was appointed an Assistant Professor at Barnard College, the women’s undergraduate school at Columbia. For several years Dr. Stewart worked part time as a consultant on legal and political philosophy at the Rockefeller Foundation until he received a call in 1959 from Dr. Somers, the president of StFX, who made a proposal that brought John back to the Antigonish university and his beloved Bayfield. Because of John’s passion for history and politics it seemed a natural course of events that he enter an election as the Liberal candidate for Antigonish- Guysborough and was elected in 1962, 1963 and 1965. During his time in office as MP he served as Parliamentary Secretary to The Secretary of State for External Affairs (63-64) and Parliamentary Secretary to The Secretary of State of Canada (64-65) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (66-68). John’s many portfolios took him worldwide from NATO, to the United Nations, and he represented Canada at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral service in Washington. John always felt humbled by the support he was given by his constituents and was proud of the opportunity to serve them. He was thankful for the many things he was able to accomplish for his riding. Looking back over his life, he probably considered this work his greatest achievement. After his riding disappeared through redistribution in 1968, John was asked to stay in Ottawa by then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau where he worked on House of Commons reform, later authoring a book The Canadian House of Commons: Procedure and Reform (1977). John was also a student of and expert on philosopher David Hume and published two books on the subject. After his time in politics as an MP, Dr. Stewart returned to teaching political science at StFX University in 1969. As a teacher, he continued to have a deep impact on his students and had a legendary reputation for producing Rhodes Scholars in his classes. In 1984, John was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Trudeau and served until his retirement in 1999. While a Senator, he chaired The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and was a member of a number of other committees including Energy and Natural Resources; Fisheries; Banking, Trade and Commerce; and Legal and Constitutional Affairs. It was with a profound sense of service that led him to put incredible amounts of energy into these committees and that has been the hallmark of Dr. Stewart’s legacy: a scholar who found his way into politics and left an indelible mark. He will be greatly missed by his many cousins, friends, former colleagues, students, the community and the country. Visitation in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St, Antigonish, on Monday, June 15, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service is at 2 pm, Tuesday June 16, at 2 pm at St James United Church, Rev. Peter Smith presiding, reception to follow in the church hall. Burial in Cummings Cemetery, Upper South River. Family flowers only, please, donations to St. Martha's Hospital Foundation or charity of choice.

Ian Simpson Ross (1930 – 2015)

It is with much sadness that I report the passing of Ian Simpson Ross, on May 21, 2015, in Vancouver. Ian died peacefully at home after a prolonged illness and in the company of his beloved wife Ingrid and family. Ian is a renowned scholar of Adam Smith. In addition to his Life of Adam Smith (Oxford University Press 1995; 2010 2nd ed.), Ian co-edited, with Ernest Mossner, the Correspondence of Adam Smith (OUP 1977; 2nd ed. 1987). He also wrote Lord Kames and the Scotland of His Day (OUP 1972) and edited On the Wealth of Nations: Contemporary Responses to Adam Smith (1998).

Ian Simpson Ross was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1930. He received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from St. Andrews (1954), a B.Litt. from Oxford University (1956), and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1960), under Mossner’s supervision. Ian then moved to Vancouver, to teach in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, where he rose through the ranks and eventually served as Head of Department for ten years (1982-91) shortly before retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1993. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ian was most welcoming to me when I arrived at UBC in 2002, and we formed an Eighteenth-Century Circle that met once a month for a few years, an informal evening where each scholar took his or her turn to lead the discussion. Others in the Circle included Ed Hundert, Larry Bongie, and Harvey Mitchell. One of Ian’s last new pieces was a chapter to a book I co-edited, “The Emergence of David Hume as a Political Economist: A Biographical Sketch” (Carl Wennerlind and Margaret Schabas, eds., David Hume’s Political Economy, Routledge 2008).

Ian always had a sparkle in his eye, and was particularly kind and generous with his time. He had forged ties with scholars around the world, particularly in Germany, Japan and China. He will be much missed.

-- Margaret Schabas


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