Friday, October 5, 2007

Frederick H. Burkhardt, 1912-2007

Frederick H. Burkhardt, a pragmatist philosopher who served as the general editor of the collected works of William James and co-editor of The Correspondance of Charles Darwin, died in September at the age of 95, the New York Times noted today.

Burkhardt, one of the most distinguished of American scholars, was professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, and later served as president of Bennington College. When he became head of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1947 the council was struggling. Under his leadership (he reitred in 1974) it became an important coordinating agency for learned societies, Burkhardt was also influential in founding the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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