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W.D. Hart, PhD

Professor Emeritus


W. D. Hart (A.B. scl, Harvard College, 1964; PhD, Harvard University, 1969). Generally known as Bill, he is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was chair of the philosophy department from 1994 until 2006 and from which he retired in June 2011. He previously taught at the University of Michigan (1969–74), University College London (1974–91), and the University of New Mexico (1992–93). He visited at CCNY, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University.

Hart’s primary interests are logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His book The Engines of the Soul is an argument for dualism as a solution to the mind–body problem. The Evolution of Logic is a critical history of the relations between logic and philosophy over the last 130 years, and it reflects the core of his teaching over his career. Readings in the Philosophy of Mathematics, which he edited with an introduction, is a successor to the old Hintikka volume (the two have no overlap, the newer volume being a collection of philosophy papers, not mathematics).