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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:45 PM

Judith Jarvis Thomson (1929-2020)

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Judith Jarvis Thomson, professor emerita of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the most influential moral philosophers of the past 50 years, has died.

Professor Thomson was known for her work on a variety of issues in normative ethics, applied ethics, metaethics, and metaphysics. She is the author of Normativity, The Realm of Rights, Rights, Restitution, and Risk, among many other works. One of her articles, A Defense of Abortion, which appeared in the inaugural issue of Philosophy and Public Affairs, may be one of the most well-known pieces of applied moral philosophy of the 20th Century.

Professor Thomson earned a BA from Barnard College and a second one from Cambridge University, where she also obtained an MA in philosophy. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1959. She taught at Barnard and Boston University before being hired by MIT in 1964.

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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 04:26 PM

2. We desperately need philosophers to offset our materialism.

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