American philosopher, professor, author. In 1965, he joined the philosophy department at Harvard. After a stint at Rockefeller University in 1967 as an associate professor he returned to Harvard in 1965 and at age 30 became one of the youngest philosophy professors granted full tenure. In 1998, he was named the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, the most distinguished professorial position at Harvard. His book, Anarchy, State and Utopia won the National Book Award in 1975. It was named by The New Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most influential books published since World War II. He was the author of four additional books - Philosophical Explanations, which won the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa, The Examined Life, The Nature of Rationality and Socratic Puzzles, published in 1997. In 1988, he received the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He obtained his degree in philosophy in 1959 from Columbia University. He earned his master’s and doctorate at Princeton. He also studied at Oxford as a Fulbright Scholar.
November 16, 1938 - January 23, 2002
With His Wife
August 27, 1953