Newsletter Summer 2014 Arthur Fine inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Arthur Fine who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes the world's most successful scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and leaders in civic, corporate and philanthropic communities. Arthur joins the 2014 aAcademy class with fellow UW Professor Jerry Franklin of the College of the Environment.

Further congratulations to Arthur on his retirement from the University of Washington this year. Arthur has been with the department since 2001. Prior to his arrival at the UW he was the John Evans Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Cornell University. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has been an integral part of our Philosophy of Science Program and he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and students.

Even though Arthur is retiring from the University his work still continues. Arthur's research concentrates on the philosophy of physics, and on general philosophical issues that arise in connection with the natural and social sciences. Current projects include foundational questions relating to the quantum theory, and exploring "objectivity" in relation to some central philosophical "isms", especially relativism, instrumentalism, and constructivism. He is also currently co-authoring a book with Thomas Ryckman on Einstein's philosophy of science.

Arthur will be joining great company when he is inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this fall. The Academy is one of the most prestigious in the country and is a leader in independent policy research. Its members contribute to the Academy's publications and studies. The Academy was founded in 1780 and its members have included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr. The current Academy includes over 250 Nobel Prize Laureates.

The Academy will induct its new members on October 11, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts . For more information, please visit the American Academy of Arts and Science's website.

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