Richard Watson (philosopher)

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Richard A. Watson
Born (1931-02-23) 23 February 1931 (age 88) [1]
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
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History of philosophy

Richard A. Watson (born 1931) is an American philosopher, speleologist and author.

Philosopher person with an extensive knowledge of philosophy

A philosopher is someone who practices philosophy. The term "philosopher" comes from the Ancient Greek, φιλόσοφος (philosophos), meaning "lover of wisdom". The coining of the term has been attributed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras.

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Watson taught philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis for forty years. He is considered one of the foremost living authorities on Descartes. [2] [3] He is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy for Washington University in St. Louis. [4]

St. Louis Independent city in the United States

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Washington University in St. Louis university in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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He has a degree in geology specializing in "paleoclimatology of 10,000 years ago." This involved the development of agrarian societies in the Fertile Crescent. [5] From July 1965 to July 1967, he was president of the Cave Research Foundation. [6]

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The Cave Research Foundation (CRF) is an American private, non-profit group dedicated to the exploration, research, and conservation of caves. The group arose in the early 1950s from the exploration efforts at Floyd Collins Crystal Cave, now within Mammoth Cave National Park. Its stated goals were: to promote exploration and documentation of caves and karst areas, initiate and support cave and karst research, aid in cave conservation and protection, and to assist with the interpretation of caves and karst to the public.

His book, Cogito, Ergo Sum: a life of René Descartes was a travelogue in the form of following Descartes's travels around Europe. It was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of its "25 Books to Remember from 2002." [5]

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Richard A. Watson's publications include the following books and articles:

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References

  1. Richard A. Watson's Biography at the Amazon.com website.
  2. Brothers Judd reviews.
  3. 1 2 Watson, Richard A. (31 March 2012). "René Descartes". Encyclopædia Britannica . Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  4. "Richard Watson Emeritus Professor of Philosophy". Washington University in St. Louis. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  5. 1 2 Watson, Richard (March 31, 2012). "Autobiography". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  6. Brucker, Roger W.; Watson, Richard A. (1987) [1st pub. 1976 New York: Knopf]. The Longest Cave. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. p. 198. ISBN   0809313219.
  7. Cogito, Ergo, Sum at Google Books . Retrieved 27 July 2010. See book back cover.
  8. For reviews, see:
  9. A reissue of the Humanities Press Edition of 1987.
  10. A section on Berkeley in R.A.Watson's book "The breakdown of Cartesian metaphysics" constitutes a revised and completed variant of this paper.

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