Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Additions and Corrections

This thread is a collecting point for any new information for the philosophy family tree, or for any corrections to the tree. If you know any advisors or advisees of people currently on the tree, post here and I'll add them in. If nothing else, if you aren't already on the tree, give me your advisor's name, and I'll add you.


Blogger Matt said...

Hi Josh,

Several additions- mostly on the ends.

Richard Heck was Steven Gross's advisor

Philip Kitcher was the advisor of Gary Hardcastle

Bernard Williams was the advisor of Jennifer Hornsby

Michael Friedman was the advisor of Alan Janick and Alan Richardson

Zoltan Domotor (Suppes line) was the advisor of Clair Pouncey and Vadim Batitsky

Paul Churchland was the advisor of Rich Grush

Terry Irwin was the advisor of Susan S. Meyer, who was in turn the advisor of Myrna Gabbe, Paul Liton, and Autumn Fiester

Brian Skyrms was the advisor of Jason Alexander.

Casimir Lewy was the advisor of Ian Hacking who was in turn the advisor of David Papineau. Lewy's main influence was certainly Wittgenstein, but I don't know if W. was his "advisor" or not. G.E. Moore might have been. I _think_ Lewy was Simon Blackburn's advisor, but don't know this for sure.

Blackburn was the advisor of Carrie Jenkins

Douglas Hofstadter (the computer scientists/AI person) was David Chalmer's advisor

Jame Ross (Chisolm line) was the advisor of Shane Duarte and Jon McGinnis

Raymond Geuss (R. Cummin line) was the advisor of Michael Forester

Stanelly Cavell was the advisor of Paul Guyer who was in turn the advisor of Josephine Nauckhoff, Fred Rauscher, Micheal Rohlf, Lucus Thorpe, Jennifer Uleman, and Julian Wuerth.

Robert Howell (the Kant scholar) was the advisor of Jamie Walker

Kurt Baier was the advisor of Jon Mandle

I _think_ that William Alston was the student of Carnap when Carnap was at Chicago, and that Michael Lynch was Alston's student.

I hope this helps!

7/20/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


Thanks. I've added most of that, and I'll put up a new version of the tree tomorrow. I'll see if I can hunt anything down on the dubious steps (Lewy -> ? and Alston -> Carnap).

7/20/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Bradley said...

Lynch was an Alston student. There's a bunch more info on Syracuse people on our placement page at

7/21/2005 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

One more to Add: A.C. Grayling was advised by A.J. Ayer and Peter Strawson.

7/21/2005 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


I've now added all the information from the Syracuse placement page. The tree is weaker on the actual Syracuse faculty, though. Right now only you, Alcoff, McDaniel, Schliesser, Stocker, and van Gulick have parents on the tree.

7/22/2005 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


Thanks. I've added Grayling.

7/22/2005 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Bernard Williams's advisor was Richard Hare.

Williams supervised James Fishkin's dissertation at Cambridge.

A.P. Martinich was a Stroll studetn.

7/22/2005 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Andrew M. Bailey said...

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7/22/2005 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew M. Bailey said...

Oh, and Deborah Modrak was advisor for John Mark Reynolds (Philosophy/Classics, Biola University).

7/22/2005 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Another addition:
Peter Achinstein (Johns Hopkins) was the advisor of Frederick Kronz, Alexander Rosenberg, Helen Longino, and Richard Richards (among others.) Achinstein got his PhD from Harvard quite a while ago (he's about 70 or a bit older now) but I don't know who is advisor would have been.

7/24/2005 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Richard Braithwaite was the advisor of Steven Toulmin, according the this:

7/25/2005 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Two more (sorry for making these multiple posts!)
Catherine Elgin was Nelson Goodman's student (when Goodman was at Brandeis)
and Stephanie Ross was Stanley Cavell's student.

7/25/2005 12:12:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Bradley said...

Also at Syracuse, Sally Haslanger was Ishani Maitra's advisor at MIT, and Terence Parsons was Thomas McKay's advisor at UMass. I'll see what else I can find out.

7/26/2005 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Bradley said...

It seems plausible to say that Chauncey Wright studied with Francis Bowen.

7/26/2005 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Irwin was also the supervisor of Ralph Wedgwood and Pekka Väyrynen, not to mention many, many folks in ancient (e.g. Jennifer Whiting).

In the preface to Moral Realism and the Foundations of Ethics, David Brink doesn't mention who chaired his dissertation committee (you have his advisor as David Lyons), but he says: "Perhaps my greatest debt is to Terry Irwin" (p. x). That doesn't, of course, settle the question you're interested in.

7/26/2005 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

B. Jack Copeland was Dana Scott's student. He also lists Simon Blackburn as an advisor on his webpage, but he and others usually spoke of him a student of Scott's, and Scott lists him as a student on his own home page, so I think you can safely add him in there. While you are at it, toss me (Nicole Wyatt) in as Jack's student.

Dana Scott's advisor was Alonzo Church. Incidentally, I was always under the impression from Brian Chellas that this line hooked up with Tarski eventually, but the Math Genealogy Project seems to indicate otherwise.

7/26/2005 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the double post, but I forgot to add that Krister Segerberg was also Dana Scott's student.

7/26/2005 02:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some information on W.T. Stace is here:

I don't know how useful it is, but it does note that James Ward Smith was a student of Stace's.

7/26/2005 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Doug Portmore said...

My advisor was Matthew Hanser, whose advisor was Phillipa Foot.

7/27/2005 05:37:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

Thanks to everyone for the additions. A few notes in response:
-Peter Achinstein received a doctorate from Harvard in 1961, but I don't know from whom. The title was "A Study of Confirmation Theory". Putnam seems like a reasonable bet, but that's just an educated guess.
-I've been tempted to put in the Chauncey Wright -> Francis Bowen link, but I'm hoping for something a bit more definite. I'm also hoping to get more on the ancestry of Bowen -- it seems likely that there's a line from him back to the British empiricists.
-My source on Brink -> Lyons is just someone else's assertion, but Brink does have a Cornell doctorate, which fits.
-Church is definitely not a Tarski student or descendant. Church received his doctorate in 1927 at Princeton; at that time Tarski was still in Poland (and didn't even have a significant international reputation).
-The Review of Metaphysics list of dissertations awarded has Segerberg as a Hintikka student, not as a Scott student.

7/27/2005 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Putnam didn't go to Harvard from MIT until '65, so if Achinstein got his PhD in '61 someone other than Putnam must have been the advisor. See here:

7/27/2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Brink, all of the following were in his dissertation committee at Cornell: Boyd, Lyons, Sturgeon, Irwin. The strongest thanks in the preface to his book go to the last two (in ascending order of strength). But, as I said, that doesn't settle the question of who was formally the chair of his committee, which seems to be your criterion.

7/27/2005 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Bradley said...

Paul Grice was advisor to Robert Van Gulick.

7/27/2005 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter van Inwagen and Ted Warfield were joint advisors for Alicia Finch.

Eleonore Stump was the advisor for: Jason Eberl, Jennifer Weed, Christopher Brown, Kevin Timpe

7/27/2005 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl Ginet was John Martin Fischer's advisor at Cornell. Fischer, in turn, advised Dan Speak at UC-R.

7/28/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. Scott lists Segerberg as his student here:

Not that I doubt the Review of Metaphysics, but you would think Scott would know?

7/28/2005 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and a typo: you have Jack Copeland as Chellas's student, but he is Scott's student.

7/28/2005 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


The Review of Metaphysics list also has Brink down as an Irwin student, so I'm going to change the tree to reflect that.

7/28/2005 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


I'm happy to take Scott's word over the RoM lists, which I have some skepticism about (despite my just having appealed to their authority in my previous comment).

7/28/2005 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Hinchliff's name is spelled incorrectly. Twice. He was a student of David Lewis's.

7/28/2005 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phillip Goggans' advisor was Peter van Inwagen--when he was at Syracuse.

7/31/2005 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several additions to the ends of lines:
Paul Boghossian was the advisor of Masahiro Yamado.

Barry Loewer (Hintikka student) was the advisor of Jill North and Nichael Strevens

Steven Stitch was the advisor of Chandra Sripada, Ron, Mallon, Richard Samuels, and Stephen Laurence

Lary Tempkin was the advisor of Mikhail Valdman

John McDowell was the advisor of Matthew Boyle, Maura Aumulty, and Susan Sterrett

Ted Sider was the advisor for Ryan Wasserman.

Brian Mclaughlin was the advisor for Adam Wagner, Troy Cross, Jonathan Cohen, and Jonathan Schaffer

David Rosenthal (Rorty Student) was the advisor of Mark McEvoy

David Gauthier was the advisor of Clair Finkelstein, Tommy Shelbie, and Candice Vogler

8/01/2005 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Wheeler is a Kyburg student.

8/02/2005 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that it is right that Goodman was Catherine Elgin's advisor. In her obituary for Goodman in the Journal for General Philosophy of Science (2000) she writes: "I was never Nelson Goodman's student."
In a broader sense she surely does belong in that line, though.

For more on Goodman see here:

Some more additions: Crispin Wright was the advisor of Annalisa Coliva, Lars Gundersen, Jesper Kallestrup, Cyrus Panjvani, Patrice Philie, and Sven Rosenkranz.

Michael Dummett, I seem to rememeber, was supervised by Anscombe.

Lakatos was the advisor of Peter Clark.

Berys Gaut was the advisor of Brandon Cook.

8/04/2005 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The spelling is: Brandon Cooke!


8/04/2005 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, and maybe you want to add:

Robert McNaughton was the advisor of
John Corcoran who was the advisor of
Stewart Shapiro who was the advisor of
Roy Cook.

So, now I shut up.


8/04/2005 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

Thanks again, everyone. I've got all of the new contributions added.

Catherine Elgin was a student of Richard Burian at Brandeis. Burian was a student of Wilfrid Sellars.

8/04/2005 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about the false lead on Elgin! A few more to Add: Brian Skyrms was the advisor of Peter Vanderschraaft. Charles Taylor (who I don't think is on the list) was the advisor of Fredrick Beiser. Surely Taylor must have had several more students over the years, but I don't know who they are.

Margaret Wilson was the advisor of Rae Langton.

Alasdair MacIntyre was the advisor of Melisa Barry and Mark Murphy. (you may have the later, but don't have the former, I'm pretty sure.)

Stephen Toulman was at least _a_ advisor to Robert J Richards (Chicago) (I can't tell from the page if he was the main advisor but he seems to have been. This is from the CHSS page at Chicago)

William Wimsatt was the advisor of James Griesmer. I believe that Wimsatt was also Sahotra Sarkar's advisor.

8/04/2005 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeffrey Goodman is a child of David Braun

Todd Long is a child of Richard Feldman

8/06/2005 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Richard Davis said...

My advisor was Elmar Kremer, whose advisor was Wilfrid Sellars.

8/07/2005 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger Angelo said...

I am a 3rd year PhD student in University College Dublin.
I have two supervisors: Teresa Iglesias (Oxford) and Gerard Casey (Notre Dame).
David Pears was the advisor of Teresa Iglesias in Oxford. She also studied with Elisabeth Anscombe for her post-doc.
I am going to ask Gerard Casey about his own advisor.

Angelo Bottone

8/08/2005 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great project. A few Yale-related additions:

Robert Adams advised Sukjae Lee (Ohio State) and Scott Ragland (St. Louis University).

George Schrader advised Allen Wood. Allen Wood advised Andrew Chignell (Cornell) and Rebecca Copenhaver (Lewis & Clark).

Keith Derose advised Todd Buras (Baylor).

Shelly Kagan advised Kelly Sorensen (Ursinus College).

And, unrelated to Yale, I believe that Jeff King (USC) was advised by Zeno Vendler.

8/08/2005 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take it back -- Allen Wood was not Rebecca Copenhaver's advisor; Zoltan Szabo was.

8/08/2005 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Etchemendy advised Sun-Joo Shin (Yale).

8/08/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh,

Thanks for putting this together.

One addition: my name is Thomas Bittner and my advisor was Charles Marks.


8/08/2005 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gregg Ten Elshof's advisor was Dallas Willard

8/08/2005 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh.

You might want to correct the lineage of Josiah Royce, whose advisor is indicated in your tree ad C.S. Peirce.

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles on Royce and Peirce, Royce earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins in 1878 and Peirce started teaching at Johns Hopkins in 1879. These date are given at a large number of other internet sources. So it seems unlikely that Peirce was Royce's dissertation advisor.


8/09/2005 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some other students of Kyburg's:

William Harper, (Phil PhD) Western Ontario

Ron Loui (CS & Phil PhD), Washington U at St. Louis

Abhaya Nayak (Phil PhD), doing CS @ Macquarie, AU

Choh Man Teng (CS PhD), doing CS and formal epistemology at IHMC, Pensacola.

Prasanta Bandyopadhyay, (Phil PhD) Montana State

Also, I'm nearly certain that Horacio Arlo-Costa (CMU) was a student of Isaac Levi's.

8/09/2005 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edmund Husserl's dissertation advisor at Vienna was Leo Königsberger not Brentano. Husserl took courses with Brentano later. Also, Heidegger studied under Heinrich Rickert, while he was only an assistant to Husserl. And, Arendt did her dissertation under Jaspers not under Heidegger.

8/09/2005 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Schmidtz is my advisor. His advisor was Allen Buchanan, who's advisor was Stephen Darwall, whose advisor was Kurt Baier.

8/09/2005 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

OK, I think I'm caught up again. Matt, according to a list that Notre Dame sent me of doctorates granted, Melissa Barry's advisor was David Solomon.

Too bad about the failure of the Royce > Peirce link. I guess I'll have to start digging around about Royce's education now.

8/09/2005 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Bradley said...

I think I was the one who gave you the Royce-Peirce link, but I don't remember what led me to it. Sorry about that.

8/09/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here some info from CMU:

Wilfried Sieg's advisor was Solomon Feferman

Sieg advised:

Barbara Kauffmann
John Byrnes
Mark Ravaglia

In addition to the one on the list,
Clark Glymour advised:

David Malament
Richard Scheines (wrong spelling in your list)
John Bruer
David Sharp
Connie Kagan
Constantine Caffrentzis
Joel Smith
Kenneth Aizawa
Dirk Schlimm

Peter Spirtes advised:

Christopher Meek
Thomas Richardson
Tianjiao Chu

8/09/2005 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

In a brief autobiographical sketch, Josiah Royce lists people who were significant intellectual influences during his undergradiate time at th University of California, mentions his studies in Germany, and then simply asserts that he received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins in 1878, without mentioning anyone involved.

In the introduction to the letters of Royce, he is described, during his time at Johns Hopkins, as a "student of philosophy at a university without philosophers", so it's looking like he had no philosophical teacher for his doctorate. If that's right, his primary philosophical teachers were those he had in Germany, primary among whom were Wundt and Lotze. I want to look around a bit more, but right now those two look like the best bets.

I suspect there's a route from both Wundt and Lotze back to Kant, but I don't know the nineteenth-century German philosophers well enough to plot it out.

8/09/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman Martin was my advisor (University of Texas at Austin, 1976).

8/09/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other additions:

Under Charles Taylor: Michael Rosen (Lincoln, Oxford)

Under Michael Forster: Susan Hahn (Kenyon)

Under Gadamer:
Dieter Henrich (Munich, emeritus)
Under Henrich:
Manfred Frank (Tuebingen)
Rolf-Peter Horstmann (HU-Berlin)
Ruedigger Bittner (Bielefeld)

Under Larmore:
Michelle Kosch (Michigan)
Simone Chambers (Toronto)

Under Putnam and Cavell:
Paul Franks (Toronto)

Under Cavell and Rawls:
Arnold Davidson

Under Putnam:
James Conant

Under Cavell:
Timothy Gould (Metropolitan St.-Denver)
Steven Affeldt (Notre Dame)
Nancy Bauer (Tufts)

Under Manley Thompson:
Stephen Engstrom (Pittsburgh)
Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore)

Under Danto:
Peter Kivy (Rutgers)

8/10/2005 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few more additions:

Under Putnam, C.L. Hardin

Under Sidny Hook- Gertrude Ezorsky, Richard Gale, and Bella Milmed

Walter Kaufman was the advisor of Frithjof Bergman, so Bergman's line can be moved under Kaufman

Dagfin Follesdal was the advisor of Samuel Todes

John Rawls was the advisor of Edmund Pincoffs

Max Black was the advisor of Newton Garver

Richard Popkin was the advisor of David Fate Norton

Ledger Wood was the advisor of Guy Strolt

Nelson Goodman was the advisor of Howard De Long

Richard Bernstein (son of Gewirth) was the advisor of William McBride

J.W. Yolton as the advisor of Jerome Schneewind (curently an orphan)

Aron Gurwitsch (who doesn't seem to be listed yet) was the advisor of Henry Allison

Bernard Peach (also not listed yet, I think) was the advisor of Edwin Curley

And a question: Is Ruth Ann Mathers (advised by Carnap) now known as Ruth Ann Putnam?

8/10/2005 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Josiah Royce:

Russell B. Goodman, Professor and Chair at UNM, has a web page, "American Philosophy In The 18th & 19th Centuries", here:

Goodman writes: "Josiah Royce (1855-1916) was raised in the California goldrush town of Grass Mountain, studied English at the University of California at Berkeley and philosophy in Germany. At Johns Hopkins from 1876-8, he studied with George Sylvester Morris, a scholar of German philosophy and a proponent T. H. Green." This might help.


8/10/2005 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


That's excellent news on Royce. George Sylvester Morris is already tied in to the Leibniz line, so this links together two of the major families, and creates a Leibnizian family of 415 people, beating out the Whitehead family.

8/10/2005 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Mathematics Genalogy Project

Hans Reichenbach's advisors were:

Emmy Noether (not Max as you listed)
and Paul Hensel

Emmy's advisor was Paul Gordan, who was advised by Karl Jacobi (which joins the line you have).

8/10/2005 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Filmer Stuart Cuckow Northrop:

"In 1924 [Northrop] received his Ph.D. from Harvard with a dissertation in philosophy on the problem of organization in biology, a topic which brought him under the joint supervision of [William Ernest] Hocking and the noted American physiologist L. J. Henderson." (Andrew J. Reck 1968, The New American Philosophers: An Exploration of Thought Since World War II, Louisiana State University Press, p. 198)

I believe that Hocking, in turn, studied under either Josiah Royce or William James. If the former, then I have a very rich family tree. :) If the latter, then that's the end of the line, since James had an MD.


8/10/2005 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Josiah Royce and George Sylvester Morris:

It might be noted that Morris was not Royce's teacher, but was rather Royce's examiner. Royce was at Johns Hopkins from 1876 until 1878, when he earned his Ph.D. Morris arrived at Johns Hopkins in January of 1878 -- in fact, he only spent one month (January) in Baltimore that year. So he probably wasn't much of an influence on Royce.

My source is Robert Mark Wenley 1917, The life and work of George Sylvester Morris, a chapter in the history of American thought in the nineteenth century, MacMillan. Wenley writes: "In Janurary, 1978, Morris gavea course of twenty lectures on History of Philosophy, with an average attendance of one hundred and twenty-four. It is interesting to note that duties as an examiner were assigned to him forthwith, and that, in this year, he acted as examiner of Professor Josiah Royce, on the major subject (History of Philosophy) ... for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy." (p. 139)

8/10/2005 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some more additions, from the Review of Metaphysics:

Putnam was the advisor of Robert Brandon (the philosopher of biology)

Carl Hemple was the advisor of John Earman

Ernest Nagel was the advisor of Arthur Caplan

Patrick Suppes was the advisor of Paul Humphreys

James Higginbotham was the advisor of Josef Stern

John Wallace (son of Davidson) was the advisor of Alan Brinton

Alexander Nehemas was the advisor of Patricia Curd

Hubert Dryfus was the advisor of John Richardson

Alvin Goldman was the advisor of Martha Bolton and Fredrick Schmitt

Richard Brandt was the advisor of Gerald Vision, Holly Smith Goldman (currently an orphan on the list), Leslie Francis, Gregory Kavka, Anita Allen, and Donald Regan

You have John Searle listed as Richard Arenson's advisor, but the ROM has Hans Sluga listed. No telling which is right.

E. Pincoffs, son of Rawls (to be added) was the advisor of William "slots" Bennett and W. David Solomon

Rawls was the advisor of Lawrence Blum

Joel Feinberg was the advisor of Arthur Kuflik

C.L. Stevenson was the advisor of Werner Pluhar

8/10/2005 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


How embarrassing for me. It's fixed now, and will show up with the next update.


I checked out A William Ernest Hocking Reader, which says that he received a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1901 (I believe in engineering), and took a philosophy class from Royce during that time that caught his interest. He then studied in Germany for two years (taking classes from Husserl, preusumably among others). He then returned to Harvard in 1903 for graduate work, and received his doctorate in 1904. It's not clear how substantial an advisorial role could have been formed in that one year. So, nothing definitive. I think Royce looks most likely, but I'll try to find more.

Looks like there's some inconsistency on the Royce > Morris information. I'll have to see if anything more can be found. If Morris is ruled out, then Lotze and Wundt look like the best candidates for Royce, so I better start working back on those. Lotze's advisor was Christian Hermann Weisse, and there are some hints of a link (although probably not direct) between Weisse and Johann Herbart, which would then tie into the Kant/Leibniz line.


Thanks. I'll start adding these. I'm working on compiling the RoM lists into a searchable document, at which point I'll be able to fill in some gaps, but there's a ways to go with that still.

8/10/2005 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh,

Here's the rest of the people I'd pulled from the ROM- I'd looked up through '82, I think, but just took people I recognized or ones where I knew there was some connection to the list aready. Hopefully this is still of some help.

Robert Paul Wolff was Dan Brock's advisor (Brock is an orphan on the list so far)

Rogers Albritton was Richard Millar's advisor

William Frakena was the advisor of Warren Quinn (currently an orphan) and, I'm sure, many others. I seem to think that Frankena was a student of C.L. Stevenson, but don't know if that's right.

Vere Chappell was William Lycan's advisor

Newton Garver (son of Max Black, to be added) was the advisor of Alison Jagger

Stanley Cavell was the advisor of Naomi Scheman and Ted Cohen. Ted Cohen was in turn the advisor of Mary Devereaux and Richard Eldridge

Isreal Scheffler was the advisor of Christopher Hill and William Talbot

James Ross (son of Chisholm) was the advisor of Edwin McCann

Arthur Danto was the advisor of Alan Goldman and George Sher

Rodrick Firth was the advisor of Sissela Bock and Patricia Greenspan

Gertrude Ezorsky (daughter of Hook, to be added) was the advisor of Diana T. Meyers

Robert Brumbaugh was the advisor of Kenneth Seeskin

Robert Fogelin was the advisor of Jorge Garcia and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Allen Wood was the advisor of Leonard Harris

Bernard Gert (son of Stewart Brown) was the advisor of Edward McClennan

Lenord Linsky was the advisor of Janice Moulton

Frederick Olafson was the advisor of David Ingram

Alasdair MacIntyre was the advisor of Linda Nicholson

David Gauthier was the advisor of Lynn McFall

Jose Ferrater Mora was the advisor of John Caputo

Manley Thompson was the advisor of Michael Loux and William Bechtel

George Roberts was the advisor of James Nickel

E. McMullin was the advisor of Thamas McCarthy, who was in turn the advisor of Georgia Warnke (among others)

Milton Fisk was the advisor of Don Marquis

Stephen Barker was the advisor of Tom Beauchamp

Martin Golding was the advisor of Virgina Held

Morten White was the advisor of Marcia Cavell

D. Keyt was the advisor of Fred Miller

David Rasmusson was the advisor of Lucious Outlaw

Fred Westphal was the advisor of Peter French

Milton Munitz was the advisor of Alex Orenstein

John Compton was the advisor of Lynn Rudder Baker

William Ruddick was the advisor of Sandra Harding

Robert Binkley was the advisor of Marilyn Friedman

Stanley Rosen was the advisor of Robert Pippin, Charles Griswold, and David Roochnik

John M. Anderson was the advisor of Iris M. Young

Arthur Collins was the advisor of Howard Wettstein

James Scanlon was the advisor of Douglas Husak

H.G. Hersberg and Bas Van Frassen were the advisors of Calvin Normore

David Lyons was the advisor of David Copp

Anthony Quinton was the advisor of Larry May (Quinton took over from Hana Arandt, who died.)

Judson webb was the advisor of Owen Flanagon

James Collins was the advisor of Daniel Dahlstrom

J.J. Owens was the advisor of James Lennox

Willam C. Smith was the advisor of nancy Tuana

Nicholas White was the advisor of Alfred mele

John Dolan was the advisor of Howard McGary

Peter Caws was the advisor of Eva Kittay

Carl Ginet was the advisor of J.M. Fisher

Rom Harre was the advisor of Alison Wylie

8/10/2005 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Josh:

What an interesting project!

FWIW, my PhD (Notre Dame, 1985) supervisor was W. David Solomon (currently on p. 41 of your document, just before Cornelius Delaney). In turn, I have supervised the following PhD students:

Ph.D., Allison Ross, University of Leeds, 2004.

Ph.D., Christopher Taylor, University of Leeds, 2003 (co-supervisor, Bryan Frances).

Ph.D., Zenon Stavrinides, University of Leeds, 1999;

Ph.D., Robert Davies, University of Leeds, 1999.

Best wishes,

Mark T. Nelson
(University of Leeds)

8/11/2005 04:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Ernest Hocking and Josiah Royce.

1. Hocking > Royce. I think we can safely count Royce as Hocking's teacher. In The life and thought of Josiah Royce (revised and expanded, Vanderbilt University Press, 1999), John Clendenning writes, "A list of Royce's students reads like a Who's Who of American philosophy for the first half of the twentieth century: George Santayana, Charles M. Bakewell, A.O. Lovejoy, Mary Whiton Calkins, William Pepperell Montague, John Elof Boodin, Ralph Barton Perry, W.E. Hocking, Harold Chapman Brown, Morris R. Cohen, Horace M. Kallen, C.I. Lewis, Harry T. Costello, Jacob Loewenberg, C.J. Ducasse, and Henry M. Sheffer." (p. 330) I should also point out that Hocking and Gabriel Marcel were great defenders and interpreters of Royce, both during and after Royce's lifetime.

2. Royce > Who?. This is more complicated. In ibid. we read,

2a. "On April 2, 1878, Royce submitted his doctoral thesis ... At Gilman's [the president of Johns Hopkins University] request, Noah Porter, the president of Yale, agreed to examine the thesis." p. 69

2b. "On June 11 [1878], he [Royce] reported that his Ph.D. was 'about settled.' President Porter had read the thesis with high approval, and G.S. Morris, who administered Royce's comprehensive examination in the history of philosophy, wrote from Michigan [Morris had simultaneous appointments at Michigan and Johns Hopkins] to say that he had read the paper 'with more interest than he would feel in reading a novel, and that it only depends on the efforts of such to make great things happen in American Philosophy.'" p. 72

It seems that there were no senior philosophers at Johns Hopkins in the years that Royce was there. There was an active group of "fellows", i.e. Ph.D. candidates. I gather that the president of Johns Hopkins, Daniel Coit Gilman, acted as a kind professional mentor. But Gilman was a geographer, and very little of what I read connected the two philosophically, with the exception of a (probably false) hunch to be found here: "Royce may have studied under the university president, Daniel Coit Gilman, who had previously been president of the University of California, Royce's undergraduate alma mater."

2c. If we consider Royce's German teachers, we should consider his own remarks, or a summary of them, found in a collection of his writings: "In Germany I heard Lotze at Goettingen, and was for a while strongly under his influence. The reading of schopenhauer was another strong influence during my life as a student in Germany. I long paid a great deal of attention to the philosophy of Kant." (Words of Professor Royce at the Walton Hotel at Philadelphia December 29, 1915", in Josiah Royce: Basic Writings, vol. 1, J. McDermitt (ed), University of Chicago Press.)

I think that we should count Royce as Morris's and/or Porter's progeny. He was influenced by Lotze and took courses with him, but never completed a degree in Germany. He did complete a degree at Johns Hopkins, at which point I gather he was no longer in touch with Lotze. He had some contact with William James, by whom he was influenced, but not enough, I think, to count James as a mentor. Given the absence of mentors during the dissertation writing period, we should look to his examiners, Morris and Porter. Porter only read his dissertation; Morris both read his dissertation and conducted his oral examination in the history of philosophy: so, if we insist on one immediate progenitor, I would go with Morris. But, of course, it's up to Josh Dever!

8/11/2005 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg

The tree has Karl Reinhold has Trendelenburg's mentor. I think that this is inaccurate.

Reinhold was certainly one of T's many teachers. But Reinhold was at T's first university, in Kiel, not where he wrote his doctoral dissertation, in Berlin. T's route seems to have been as follows: 1822, Kiel; 1823, Leipzig; 1824-26, Berlin.

Based on the quotations below, I would guess that Trendelenburg's advisor/examiner/whatever was either Hegel or Schleiermacher. Maybe both.

1. "Ostern 1822 ging Trendelenburg an die Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, um Philosophie und Philologie zu studieren. Bei Karl Leonard Reinhold ... und bei Erich von Berger hörte er Vorlesungen in Philosophie. ... Nach einer zweisemestrigen Zwischenstation an der Leipziger Universität setzte er sein Studium in Berlin ... fort. Hier besuchte er philosophische Kollegien bei Hegel, Schleiermacher und Steffens sowie philologische Vorlesungen und Übungen bei Boeckh, Neander und Bopp. Nach Abfassung der Dissertation Platonis de ideis et numeris doctrina ex Aristotele illustrata wurde Trendelenburg von der philosophischen Fakultät der Berliner Universität am 10. Mai 1826 promoviert."

2. "The intellectual richness of the University of Berlin's philosophical atmosphere prompted [Trendelenburg] thereafter to leave Leipzig for Berlin to sit under Hegel and Schleiermarcher." (G.G. Rosenstock 1964, F.A. Trendelenburg, Forerunner to John Dewey, Southern Illinois University Press, p. 5) Rosenstock does not tell us who Trendelenburg's main mentor was, though he does write, "Despite the influence of Hegel, his philosophical studies at Berlin had veered more and more in the direction of Plato and Aristotle. He soon subordinated his philosological studies to work which would give him a deeper understanding of the two Greeks. He published his doctoral dissertation under the title, Platonis de ideis et numeris doctrina ex Aristotlele illustrata." (p. 6)

3. "Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, nato nel 1802, elaborò una filosofia fortemente influenzata dalla sua formazione universitaria. Studiò infatti a Kiel con Reinhold, a Lipsia con Hermann il grecista e a Berlino con Hegel e Schleiermacher."

4. "1824 wechselt T. nach Berlin, wo er u.a. August Boeckh (Philologe, 24.11. 1785 - 3.8. 1867), Franz Bopp (Orientalist und indogermanischer Sprachforscher, 14.9. 1791 - 23.10. 1867), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, August Neander, Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher und Henrik Steffens (Philosoph, 2.5. 1773 - 13.2. 1845) hört."

8/11/2005 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


Thanks again for the detailed research. I'm listing Royce under Morris for now. It's not perfect, I know, but until better information comes along, it's just too tempting to join up the various familial lines.

You're quite right that the Trendelenberg > Reinhold link is extremely tenuous. I'll pursue both the Hegel and the Schleiermacher lines and see if I can get anywhere. I take some comfort in seeing, as I look into some of the older details, that the Mathematical Genealogy Project seems to apply even laxer standards than I do on some of the older lines. The Leibniz -> Bernoulli link, for example (which I lifted from their genealogy into ours), seems on investigation to be pretty much entirely fictional.

8/11/2005 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hi Josh,

On Moore,
The other day I was looking at a book on G.E. Moore, _Moore and the Cambridge Apostles_ or something like that. It seemed that Moore, like most British philosophers at the time, didn’t have what we’d normally think of as an “advisor”. But, it did say that McTaggart was his biggest influence, that he took McTaggart’s courses to prepare for the Moral Science Tripos, and that McTaggart was one of his examiners for those. Nothing else I’ve seen seems stronger on that.

I’ve also recently seen Peter Strawson mentioned as “a student of Grice’s”. I’m not sure how accurate that is, though, or if we’d want to call Grice Stawson’s advisor or not.

8/11/2005 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

First, correcting a mistake that I think I introduced- under Micheal Friedman you have Alan and Andrew Janiak. It should only be Andrew, though I probably said Alan when I first mentioned this. (I was influenced by Alan Richardson, and the fact that there is an Alan Janick, who co-wrote a book W/ Stephen Toulman, but he wasn't Micheal Friendman's student.)

Also, I think there is some reasons think that William Frankena's advisor was C.I. Lewis (Frankena was at Harvard at the right time and Lewis was listed as his "major influence" in the Routledge Biographical Encyclopdia of Philosophers (it's not that much use, alas)) and that Charles Stevenson's advisor was G.E. Moore- Stevenson did his grad work at Cambridge at the right time and Moore was also listed as his major influence. Neither is certain, but those might be good places to start looking.

8/12/2005 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few more additions/remarks:

I see you have C.L. Stevenson now under R.B. Perry- That might be right. I thought he did his PhD at Cambridge, but can't say for sure.

You have "Davis" Souter under H.L.A. Hart- do you mean David Souter, the Supreme Court Justice?

The 's' is missing from Mathias Risse's name, I think.

You've got Fredrick Beiser under I. Berlin, but I think he should go under Charles Taylor, not Berlin- He says that Taylor was his advisor himself, I think.

Do you mean to Have May, Blake, Watson, and McLeod under Arpaly? It seems more likely that all should be under Moravcsik.

Janet Broughton was Donald Rutherford's advisor

Lisa Downing was Susan Pepper's advisor

Richard Rorty was Crispin Sartwell's advisor

Gerald Doppelt was Valery Hardcastle's advisor

Fred Dretske was Guven Guzeldere's advisor

I believe that Grice was Stephen Schiffer's advisor at Oxford.

Herbert Marcuse was Angela Davis's advisor (She never formally defended, since she was forced into hiding, but he had avisored her up to that point.) Marcuse studied with Heidegger, but I don't know if he was his official advisor.

John McDowell was Logi Gunnarsson's advisor

Richard Boyd was J.D. Trout's advisor

Lawrence Sklar was Howard Batterman's advisor

Jaegwon Kim was Gary Ebbs's advsior

Samuel Scheffler was the advisor of Micheal Green

David Gauthier was the advisor of Ann Cudd, Peter Valentyne, and Christopher Morris

David Hull was the advisor of Lenny Moss

Barry Stroud was the advisor of John Holbo

Thomas McCarthy was the advisor of Kenneth Baynes and Joseph Heath

Richard Wolheim was the advisor of Elizabeth Camp

Gary Hatfield was the advisor of Yumiko Inukai

8/12/2005 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derrida's advisor was not Levinas, but Maurice de Gandillac, at least for his Diplôme des études supérieures -- he submitted the already-published Of Grammatology to get his Doctorat, which was therefore not officially written under anyone, unless I misunderstand the French system. De Gandillac is at least a good place to start.

Under Derrida should go the following:

Sarah Kofman
Sylviane Agacinski
Catherine Malabou

8/12/2005 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger patrick said...

Great project! Thanks for your efforts.

Here are some more philosophers for the tree. If this line is correct, it goes back pretty far. But I’m not sure it’s correct. I’ll put an asterisk next to the connections that I think may be mistakes. I hope someone who knows more about French philosophy than me can correct any errors.

Etienne Gilson was advisor for Armand Maurer, George Klubertanz, Leo Sweeney, Joseph Owens, Anton Pegis. (These are some of his students from Toronto. He had students in France, as well, including Henri Gouhier.) I believe that all of these men had doctoral students of their own, but I’m afraid I can’t name names.

Lucien Levy-Bruhl was advisor to Gilson.

Jules Lachelier was advisor to Levy-Bruhl (as well as Emile Boutroux, who must have had some students; but I didn't try to follow up on that).

*Jean Ravaisson-Mollien was teacher to Lachelier. (But I'm afraid he didn't actually direct his dissertation, since he didn't have an official teaching job at the time.)

Victor Cousin was advisor to Ravaisson.

Pierre Laromiguerre was Cousin’s teacher. (I don't believe Cousin did a dissertation, so Fr. Laromiguerre wasn't exactly his advisor, but Cousin did study philosophy with him.)

*Condillac may have been Laromiguerre’s teacher. (Here I really have only a passing reference to Laromiguerre being a student of Condillac. The dates do work, so I'm hopeful that this link will hold up.)

*D’Alembert, who worked with Diderot on the Encyclopedia, might count as Condillac’s teacher. (Again, I don't believe Condillac did graduate study in philosophy, but it's clear that D'Alembert had a strong influence on his career, and comes as close to being an advisor as C probably had.)

I'm wish I could be more definite on some of these links, but 18th and 19th century French philosophy is pretty far from my areas.

8/13/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Colin McGinn, in his little auto-biography, reports that his advisors were Micheal Ayers and Peter Strawson. (I don't think McGinn in on the list yet- appolgies if he is.)

8/14/2005 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernard Williams supervised John Skorupski who supervised Simon Robertson.

8/15/2005 04:04:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

Thanks again, everyone. A few comments:

-I've placed Moore under McTaggart. I might also put Russell there, but I want to check a few biographical sources first and see if that looks like the best option.

-Kuklick, in The Rise of American Philosophy, says that Stevenson wrote his dissertation under Perry at Harvard.

-Michael Rosen tells me that Beiser started under Taylor and switched to Berlin, but that Berlin was probably a better parentage than Taylor for him.

-Matt, you're right about the Arpaly-Moravcsik switch. It's fixed now.

-Patrick, I love the D'Alembert line. I've put it in. You're right that there are some dubious steps in there, but maybe if I include it, someone who knows the area better than I will fill in some further details.

8/15/2005 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the excellent new way to waste time...

On 19th Century Germans: I don't know who to put C.H. Weisse under, but I do believe that you can connect the Weisse line to the Rickert line in the following way: Lotzes-Wilhelm Windelband-Rickert.

Of course, I got this largely from, which is probably not the most trustworthy source.

8/16/2005 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

In Russel's little book "My Philosophical Development" he says that his main teachers were G.F. Stout, James Ward and McTaggart but that McTaggart had the biggest influence. The piece of work that seems to be closest to a disertation for him (his thesis for his fellowship) was his early "Foundations of Geometry" which was a neo-Kantian work. It's not clear if anyone supervised this direclty, so it seems likely to me that McTaggart is the best fit for an advisor for him.

I also tried to figure out who Foucault's ancestors were but didn't find a definite answer. I think maybe Louis Althusser is the best fit. His actual Doctoral thesis was written over many, many years, long after he was officially a student, and doesn't seem to have an official advisor. (The French system seems different in this way, though I can't say I understand it well.) The other options seem to be George Canguilhem (who was a big influence and one of Foucault's examiners, but not ever, it seems, his formal teacher) or Jean Hyppolite, who was sometimes a teach of Foucault and one of his examiners. Of the three it seems that Althusser was the closest to an advisor. I suspect that Hyppolite was probably the closest thing to an advisor to Althusser, but can't say for sure.

8/17/2005 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Candace Vogler's first name is misspelled on your tree.

Further, she was my advisor.

Eric Wiland

8/17/2005 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a quote from the preface of Frederick Beiser's new book on Hegel:

"I wrote my Oxford DPhil on the origins of Hegel's Phenomenology under the supervision of Charles Taylor, a model Doktorvater, to whom I have many debts."

That seems to settle that question...

8/17/2005 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edwin McCann advised Daniel Yim.

8/17/2005 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Bell supervised David DeVidi, Michael Hallett, and Graham Priest.

8/18/2005 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Josh,
Interesting project.

Two points:
(a) Having just read Ray Monk's Biography of Russell, I think it would be a mistake don't to put Russell under McTaggart. ("Russell's real philosophical mentor, however, was none of his tutors, but McTaggart. . ." p.64). I think that the best bet would be Whitehead - who was one of Russell's examiners (together with ward) for his Fellowship dissertation (this is the "Foundations of Geometry" that Matt mentions in his posting). Monk writes:"There had, of course, never been any doubt about Russell's success, and Whitehead later excused himself for the severity of his criticisms by saying with a smile that it was the last time he would be able to speak to Russell as a pupil" (p.105)

(b) You mis-spelt my name. Correct spelling: "Lucas Thorpe". (Student of Paul Guyer who was a student of Stanley Cavell)

keep up the good work!

8/19/2005 12:59:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


Thanks. Spelling correction made.

I had been looking over the same passage myself yesterday, trying to decide what to do with Bertie. I had found myself leaning toward Ward -- influenced perhaps by the fact that Ward was McTaggart's teacher, so it's also a way to get in some of the McTaggartian influence. (Also Ward was Stout's teacher, and Stout is listed as a teacher of Russell.) Monk isn't as clear as he might be on this, but the impression I get is that Whitehead was effectively Russell's mathematical parent, but not so much his philosophical one. The only course I see mentioned that Russell took from Whitehead was one on statics (see p. 46). But I remain undecided.

(Actually, I've been a bit tempted to put Whitehead down as a student of Russell's -- my vague impression is that Russell was effectively Whitehead's path of entry to philosophical work.)

8/19/2005 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great project!

Arthur Danto's advisor was John Herman Randall Jr.

Also, here are a few more students advised by Danto:
David Carrier
Jiuan Heng
Alan Tormey
Judith Tormey
Berel Lang

(This information is from Professor Danto himself)


8/20/2005 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh (if I may),
Steve Darwall and Dan Garber in fact were joint "first-reader(s)" on my diss. committee. I don't know how you're handling this sort of thing (the tree version came out mangled on my poor old lap top when I downloaded it). But I thought I should let you know-- I'm deeply grateful to both Steve & Dan, & (far more importantly for your purposes) if grad students want to know what philosophical inheritance they'd be getting in having me as an advisor, the more accurate answer is that such virtues as have I are owing in equal parts to Dan & Steve's mentoring. The vices, of course, are my own. grin.
All best,
Kate Abramson

8/21/2005 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Moore's intellectual autobiography in the Schilpp volume, he gives the impression that his dissertation advisor (for his dissertation on Kant's ethics) was James Ward. He says that McTaggart was his most influential lecturer, but that was at the stage of the Moral Sciences Tripos (1892-96), which came before his two years writing a dissertation (1896-98). For those two years, Ward is mentioned a number of times as a guiding figure. No-one else is mentioned as playing an active role in those years, except Sidgwick as an elector.

In Russell's autiobiography, he says that the readers of his dissertation were Whitehead (mathematical) and Ward (philosophical). So there is probably a good case for listing Ward as Russell's dissertation advisor also.

8/22/2005 03:02:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Jon Elster, in the introduction to _Making Sense of Marx_, says that Raymond Aron was his disertation advisor. Aron was, I believe, at the ENS at the same time as Sarte so they may have had the same advisors.

8/23/2005 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some parents for people currently listed as orphans (information in all cases from the horse's mouth). William Alston's advisor was Charles Hartshorne. Fred Dretske's advisor was May Brodbeck, whose advisor was Gustav Bergmann. John Fischer's advisor was Carl Ginet. Bryan Frances's primary advisor was Joseph Owens. Alvin Goldman's advisor was Paul Benacerraf. Sally Haslanger's advisor was George Myro. Steve Yablo says that he also thinks of Myro as his advisor, although officially Davidson's name was listed first since he was more prominent. Possibly both could be listed.

C.D. Broad's autobiographical
suggest strongly that the dominant teacher while he was a student at Cambridge was McTaggart.

8/24/2005 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herbert Hochberg, Rinehardt Grossmann, Edwin B allaire, Laird Addis and May Brodbeck are students of Gustav Bergmann

Douglas Lewis is a student of Allaire

Paul Thomson is a student of Thomas A. Goudge

Everett Hall should be on the list

8/30/2005 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry Bracken is a student of Richard Popkin

Philip Cumins and Richard Watson are students of Bracken Watson also worked with Robert Turnbull.

8/30/2005 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some more bits and pieces, mostly from browsing in the library.

Cavell's biggest influence by far in graduate school was JL Austin (who taught graduate seminars at Harvard and on whose work Cavell wrote his dissertation; no other Harvard figure is acknowledged in the published version of the dissertation), so it would probably be reasonable to list him as advisor. Austin's most important teacher at Oxford appears to have been Prichard (who was taught by Cook Wilson, who was taught by T.H. Green).

Leibniz's most important philosophical mentor appears to have been Jakob Thomasius, not Weigel. But I'd say there's something to be said for stopping the line at Leibniz, unless it can be pushed much further back.

In two biographical pieces on Chauncey Wright, neither mention Francis Bowen, and one identifies James Walker as his most important teacher.

Isaiah Berlin's most influential teacher was Frank Hardie.

Forsyth and Thomson appear to have played only a minimal role in Whitehead's training, as his fellowship examiners. A book on his life and work identifies E.J. Routh as his most important mathematics teacher. It also suggests that McTaggart was his earliest important philosophical influence, via the Cambridge Apostles, even though McTaggart was younger. I think there's something to be said for listing him under McTaggart.

In Ledger Wood's foreword to his revised edition of Frank Thilly's history of philosophy, Wood doesn't explicitly identify Thilly as his advisor but does say that he worked very closely with Thilly both as an undergraduate and as a graduate at Cornell. I'd say that the odds are that Thilly was his advisor.

Hugh Mellor says that Ramsey didn't have a clear undergraduate advisor, but that his biggest influences were Russell, Keynes, and Wittgenstein. Since Keynes wasn't a philosopher and Wittgenstein would lead to circularity, and since Ramsey's fellowship thesis was on Russell's foundations of mathematics, it might make sense to put him under Russell.

Armstrong's Ph.D. advisor was A.C. Jackson (whose advisor was Wittgenstein), not Anderson. The Australasian family tree is coming along shortly.

8/31/2005 04:56:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few additions, drawn the "intelectual autobiographies" in the Library of living philosophers additions:

Peter Strawson did not have an advanced degree, but said that J.D. Mabbott was his "principle philosophy tutor" at Oxford. Mabbott also was the one who helped get Strawson his first job, so he seems like a good bet. The other choices might be Grice, who was also a philosophy tutor at the time, but was Strawson's tutor for only one term, or perhaps Ryle, who examined Strawson for the John Locke prize but was never his tutor, it seems. I'd think Mabbott would be the strongest choice. I don't know anything about him except that he was a philosophy tutor at Oxford before and after W.W. II.

Karl Popper wrote his PhD disertation on psychology at the pedagogical university in Vienna. He says his strongest influence was the psychologist Karl Buhler, though Buhler was not on the faculty of the pedagogical university- Popper attended his lectures at the main university, considered Buhler his mentor, and Buhler was one of the examiners on his PhD disertation, though, so he seems like a good fit. (Schlick was the other examiner, but this seems less likely as a choice.)

8/31/2005 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

Thanks, everyone. Lots of good stuff here, and I think I've gotten it all added now.

David, the Austin line seems to go from T.H. Green on back to Benjamin Jowett and then Arthur Stanley. LEdger Wood's teacher Frank Thilly seems to have studied with Kuno Fischer, although it isn't clear whether Fischer was his main influence. Fischer is repeatedly described as "Hegelian", but the dates don't work out for him to be an actual Hegel student.

I like the idea of putting Whitehead under McTaggart. Doing so results in the tree being dominated by two large families -- the Leibniz family and the Russell-Moore-Whitehead family (descended from Weisse-Lotze-Ward), each around 700 people at the moment. I've also followed your suggestion of removing Weigel, who had been inherited from what I've come to realize is a very unreliable (at least in the older ranges) Mathematics Genealogy. I'd seen Thomasius listed as well, but I'm going to follow your suggestion of holding at Leibniz for the time. Maybe eventually a line can be stretched from him back to the Scholastics.

8/31/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Cartwright and William Frankena jointly advised Jordan Howard Sobel

8/31/2005 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Ramsey: I received the following from Michael Potter. It may be that it's Moore or nobody.

Ramsey's "Foundations of mathematics" paper wasn't really a thesis, although he submitted it for a Cambridge essay prize (which it didn't win). Russell had left Cambridge quite a long time earlier, and as far as I know Ramsey didn't meet him until February 1924, and then only briefly. (The following year they corresponded about Russell's Intro to the second edition of PM, but that was because Russell wanted Ramsey to check the proofs for him.) So I think it would be quite a distortion to treat Russell as in any sense Ramsey's research supervisor.

He didn't have a research supervisor. The biggest influence on him philosophically was certainly Wittgenstein, but the only "teaching" he got from that source was a fortnight in Austria in 1923 discussing the Tractatus. Ramsey's teachers were the members of the Cambridge maths faculty of the time: I don't think any one of them stands out particularly. (He did attend Moore's philosophy lectures while he was an undergraduate, but I don't get much sense that they influenced him a great deal.)

9/01/2005 04:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can add a bit to the Stanley Rosen-Robert Pippen line:

Rosen was a student of Leo Strauss, and thus a brother to Allen Bloom. (Strauss took classes from Husserl, I believe, but I don't think that amounted to an advisor relationship.) Pippen was Dan Conway's advisor, and Conway has directed a number of dissertations at Penn State, including those of Hasana Sharp (McGill) and myself (William Roberts--Washington & Jefferson College).

I wish i knew more.

9/01/2005 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under Larry Sklar you have "Howard Batterman". I assume this is Robert Batterman.

Also, a question about Donald Davidson. I have seen a few lists of Quine's students (such as and Davidson is not listed as a PhD student of Quine. According to the Schlip volume on Davidson he did his dissertation on Plato's Philebus. At one time his advison was CI Lewis, but it isn't clear that this was his final advisor.

9/02/2005 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Eric Rubenstein and Mary Macleod were students of Jay Rosenberg.

9/03/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hugh Lacey tells me that David Hull's advisor (at Indiana) was Micheal Scriven and that Lacey's own advisor was Wesley Salmon but that Scriven's was a much larger influence on him. I'm not sure if Scriven is on the list yet or not.

9/03/2005 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

It seems that Michael Scriven isn't on the list yet (from what I can tell). I don't know who his advisor was but he earned is doctorate at Oxford, with a disertation on explinations of the supernatural, probably in the 50's or earlier since he was teaching at Minnesota in the 50's before going to Indiana and then elsewhere.

9/03/2005 01:52:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Peter Kivy (Son of Danto) was the advisor of Paul Taylor

Joel Feinberg was the advisor of Patricia Smith

9/04/2005 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Eliot Sober was the advisor of Harmon R. Holcomb

9/05/2005 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Several more additions, some less sure than others:

Parfit, in the preface to "Reasons and Persons" lists "Ayer, Pears, Strawson, and Hare" as his "earliest teachers". I don't know if that means one or more was his advisor.

Richard Braithwaite was the advisor of Stephen Korner and, it seems, Hugh Mellor. Stephen Toulman, Son of Braithwaite, was the advisor on Robert Richard's History of Science PhD at Chicago (Richards also had a philosophy PhD from St. Louis but I don't know who advised it.)

John Austin was Mary Warnock's examiners for "greats" and her "biggest philosophical influence" so she should probably go under Austin

Hans Cornelius was the doctoral advisor for both Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno but not, it seems, the supervisors of their Habilitations (I'm not sure about this but it seems so.) Adorno supervised the work Habermas did for his habilitation, it seems. Habermas's doctoral disertation was supervised by Oskar Becker who was a student of Husserl's. Husserl was also a supervisor of Karl Lowith, though I'm not sure if he was Lowith's advisor.

Marcuse wrote what was to be Habilitation under Heidegger but was not able to defend it and fled Germany before he could. (I guess it was later awarded to him retroactively.) I don't know if that means Marcuse should go under Heidegger or not. He also had been Heidegger's assistant.

Herman Cohen was the supervisor of Micolai Hartmann

Jowett was the advisor/examiner/main influence (hard to tell w/ old Brits!) of T.H. Green and Edward Caird. Green was the a/e/mi to Bosanquet.

M. Schlick wrote his disertation in Physics. Max Plank was one of his main teachers and his mentor, though I don't know if he was his actual supervisor.

A. MacIntyre did his graduate work at Manchester and took his advanced degree in '49. I don't know who advised it but this might be a lead.

9/05/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Ferguson was the advisor of Lisa Tessman, 1996 (me). Lisa Tessman was the advisor of Christal Frakes, 2004.
Ann Ferguson was also the advisor of Kimberly Leighton, 2003.
Robert Paul Wolff was the advisor of Amie Macdonald, 1997.
Claudia Card was the advisor of Maria Lugones, Victoria Davion, and Chris Cuomo.

9/05/2005 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Hugh Mellor's advisor was Mary Hesse. I believe that her advisor was Braithwaite, but I'm not certain. Mellor's students include Jeremy Butterfield, Anthony Appiah, Robin Le Poidevin, William Grey, Huw Price, Jamie Whyte, Nigel Warburton, Derek Matravers and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra.

On Ramsey: I'm starting to think that the best solution may be to leaver Ramsey as an orphan and list Wittgenstein under Russell. That's a pretty minimal piece of corner-cutting, as Russell was obviously by the leading influence on Wittgenstein as a student, as well as the playing the largest role with respect to Wittgenstein's Ph.D. thesis, the Tractatus. And it integrates Wittgenstein's descendants into the tree.

9/05/2005 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

David- Thanks for the correction on Mellor- I'd taken Braithwaite as his advisor from an interview with Mellor, where he said Braithwaite was his main teacher while a grad student, but if you've got better info that it was Hesse that's great.

Fixing a typo of mine, Herman Cohen was the supervisor of Nicolai Hartmann, not Micholai.

9/06/2005 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Gauthier was the advisor of Geoffrey Sayre-McCord and Robin Dillon.

9/06/2005 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Pakaluk said...

Thanks for putting together this modern list of 'successions'.

I didn't see Sarah Waterlow Broadie's name on the tree. To that end: Sarah Broadie (then at Yale) and John Rawls were joint supervisors of my dissertation. I don't know who supervised Broadie's dissertation.

9/06/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gareth Matthews UMass-Amherst was advisor of Mechthild Nagel (PhD 1996).

9/06/2005 02:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mellor info is from the horse's mouth. He was influenced a lot by Braithwaite, but Hesse was his official supervisor. It turns out that Braithwaite wasn't Hesse's supervisor, though -- I don't know who was.

For a change of pace, here's a bit of the German psychology family tree involving Wilhelm Wundt (already on the tree) and various other psychologists of a philosophical persuasion. Note that Freud's advisor is generally held to be Brucke, and not Brentano (who is currently listed as such).

Karl Asmund Rudolphi
--Johannes Muller
----Emil Du Bois Reymond
----Rudolf Virchow
----Theodor Schwann
----Jakob Henle
----Ernst Brucke
------Sigmund Freud
----Hermann Helmholtz
------Max Planck
------Wilhelm Wundt
--------Edward Titchener
----------Edwin G. Boring
------------S.S. Stevens
----------Margaret Floy Washburn
--------Hugo Munsterberg
----------Mary Calkins
----------Robert Yerkes

9/07/2005 04:05:00 AM  
Blogger patrick said...

To add to the German psychology line, one could list Theodore Lipps.

Adolf Reinach was Lipps's student.

Reinach never had official doctoral students of his own, since he was killed in WWI as a very young man, but both Dietrich von Hildebrand and Edith Stein considered him to be their main teacher. Both officially worked with Husserl, however. Stein is already on the tree, but von Hildebrand isn't.

Regardless of whether you place von Hildebrand under Reinach, he did have some students who might be added to the list, including William Marra and (I believe) Balduin Schwarz.

Schwarz had as students John Crosby, Josef Seifert and Fritz Wenisch.

Seifert and Crosby have both, I think, had doctoral students. I'm pretty sure John White was a student of Seifert's, for example, but I'm not really sure about this.

9/07/2005 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

OK, I've caught up now after a few days of slacking as the semester begins here. I'll have a new version up later today incorporating the latest comments.

A few responses:

-Joel, Davidson is a mess. Here's the basic story, as pieced together out of some detective work by Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig. Davidson wrote a dissertation on the Philebus, which was signed by Raphael Demos and Donald Williams. Demos was the ancient specialist at Harvard at the time, so he was presumably chair.

The dissertation was apparently written while he was in southern California, and reasonably free of advisorial influence. Davidson seems never to have mentioned Demos as a figure in his intellectual development, and there's obviously overwhelming evidence of Quine having played a formative role. So I've gone ahead and put Davidson under Quine, just because it seems like he really ought to be there. I'm open to being swayed back the other direction, though.

-David, I'm still undecided on the best course of action for Ramsey, and the general Ramsey-Wittgenstein-Russell cluster. A further complication is that the Ramsey > Black link that I have in there must be wrong, since Black received a London doctorate in 1939, well after Ramsey died. So if that's changed, and Wittgenstein is moved to Russell, then Ramsey is left not only orphaned but also childless.

I think the tree is getting to the point now that a section of discussion of difficult cases would be useful. That would make it easier to be somewhat stipulative about those cases, since the subtleties would still be noted. I'll try to get started on that soon.

9/07/2005 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh,

My primary advisor was Louise Antony, not Simon Blackburn as reported on your tree. (Although I did work with Simon, too.)

Claire Horisk

9/07/2005 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Nicholas Jolley (an orphan now) was the student of Ian Hacking.

John Gardner was the student (it seems) of Bernard Williams.

9/08/2005 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few more additions, and some clues on some orphans:

Ivan Soll (Student of Kaufmann) was the advisor of Maudemaire Clark

Hans Kelsen (the great legal philosopher) was the avisor of Alfred Schutz, the phenomenologist.

Terry Irwin was the advisor (it seems) of Lara Dennis

Owen Flanagan was the advisor of Thomas Polger

Louis Brunschvieg was the advisor (it seems) of Gaston Bachelard, the French philosopher of science

Halle Vaihinger was the advisor of Bruno Bauch, the proto critical theorist

Boltzmann was the advisor of Philpp Frank (the positivist)

Schlick seems likely to me to have been the advisor of Friedrich Waisman (Waisman did his PhD in Vienna when Schlick was there and on a topic Schlick might reasonably have supervised.)

Leon Brunschvig was the advisor of Simone de Beauvoir

Jean Hippolyte seems likely to have been the advisor of Gilles Deleuze and Luis Althussar.

Jaques Lacan was (it seems) the advisor of Luce Irigaray

Karl Jaspers was the advisor of Aleksandr Kojeve. Jaspers had a medical degree, it seems, so his line might not go any further back.

Royce is probably the best philosophical fit for George Herbert Mead- Mead did an MA under Royce. He did his PhD in psychology and at least studied under Wundt at one point so that might be an option, too.

Paul Ricouer was the advisor to Jean-Luc Nancy

Sarah Broadie was the advisor of Brandon Cooke. Broadie did her PhD at Edinburgh in 1978, but I don't know who here advisor was.

Some clues or questions about people we don't have advisors for:

Is Franke Hardie (father of Berlin) the same person as W.F.R. Hardie (Father of Grice)? I can't find out for sure but it would seem likely to me, given the times and locations.

Rome Harre did his B.Phil at Oxford in the 1950's. I don't know who his advisor would be.

Mary Hesse earned her PhD at University College London in the 50's (I think) with a disertation on Electron Microscopy. It looks to me that it wasn't a philosophy degree, so that might end her line.

R.M. Hare earned a first in classics and Humane Letters at Oxford in '47. I don't know who advised it but Ryle might be a guess.

Stuart Hampshire's degree was a Oxford degree in Greats in '36.

David Gauthier's degree was a DPhil from Oxford in '61. I don't know who advised it.

I think there's some reason to think that Feigl might have been Bruce Anue's advisor at U. Minnesota in the 50's.

Nicholas White did his PhD on Aristotle in 1970 at Harvard. That would seem to make G.E.L. Owen a good bet, I think, as his advisor.

A.I. Meldon earned his PhD from Berkeley in 1938 with a disertation on "Belief and Analysis of Propositions". I don't know who could have supervised it.

Morton White earned his PhD from Columbia in '43. Maybe Dewey or one of his followers was the supervisor.

Finally, the "List" version of the tree seems not to be updated.

9/08/2005 08:17:00 PM  
Blogger Pablo Stafforini said...

A. J. Ayer was Daniel Goldstick's advisor.

9/09/2005 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few more additions:

It seems that Paul Tillich was the director of Theodor Adorno's habilitation so it might be good to put Tillich as Adorno's advisor.

Georges Canguilhem was the official supervisor of Foucault's diserttion, and a generally large influence on him, so should probably be listed as Foucault's advisor. Someone named Alaine, whom I know nothing about, was apparently Canguilhem's main philosophical teacher.

Roland Barthes was the advisor for Tzvetan Todorov's dissertation.

Apparently Merleau-Ponty's main influence when he was at the ENS was Brunschvieg, but his dissertation supervisor was Emile Brehier. Brunschvieg was likely the main influence on Sartre and Raymond Aron since they were at the ENS at the same time.

Ian Hacking was the advisor of Susan Haack.

Diederik Korteweg was the advisor of Brouwer. Brouwer was in turn the advisor of Maurtis Belinfante and Arend Heyting. Heyting was the adivsor of Anne Troelstra and Dirk Van Dalen.

It seems that Ernst Cassirer was, while at Yale, the main influence on Arthur Pap and Susanne Langer, though I don't know if he was either's official advisor. Pap is so far an orphan.

(many of these items come from the standford encyclopedia of philosophy.)

9/09/2005 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert C. Pollock was the advisor for John J. McDermott.

James Daniel Collins was the advisor for Stephen Daniel and Michael Seidler

9/10/2005 05:43:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few more...

Kant, it seems, was the main, and perhaps only, actual philosophy teacher of Herder, so it might be good to put Herder under Kant.

Nicholas White, in the preface to "Plato on Knowledge and Reality" says that G.E.L. Owen was his advisor at Harvard.

Rickert was the advisor of Emil Lask

John Wisdom was the advisor of Michael Ayers. I think Wisdom isn't on the list, and also think he was a student of Moore, though I don't know that with certainty (no joke meant there.)

Rawls and Putnam were the advisors of Michele Moody-Adams. I think Putnam was the main advisor.

Roger Scruton, in a preface, says that Anscome and someone I've never heard of, M.K. Tanner, were his advisors.

Michael Frede seems to have been the advisor of Wolfgang-Rainer Mann

Norman Kretzmann was the advisor of Robert Pasnau

9/10/2005 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Jefferie Murphy was the advisor of Donald Hubin. Hubin was in turn the advisor of Adam Moore. Murphy did his PhD at Rochester in '66 w/ a diseratation on Kant, so it seems a good bed to me that Lewis White Beck was his advisor, but I don't know for sure.

Andrew Light was the advisor of James Sheppard and John Sallins. Bernd Magnus was Light's advisor.

9/10/2005 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am almost positive that Judith Butler did her dissertation under Maurice Natanson at Yale

9/11/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dennis Stampe was a student of Geoffrey Warnock

Sara Chant and Theodore Everett were students of Dennis Stampe

Sungsu Kim was a student of Berent Enc

9/11/2005 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger john holbo said...

Hi Josh. Thanks for all this. What a fantastic project. One correction. You have Stroud as my advisor. Actually it was Hans Sluga. (I just took lots of classes with Stroud.)

- John Holbo

9/12/2005 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger john holbo said...

Oh, and it looks like you don't have an advisor for Sluga. I'm (reasonably) sure that it was Michael Dummett. (I wouldn't want to lack ancestors, you know.)

9/12/2005 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Arthur Fine was the advisor of Andrew Buller

Staneley Cavell was the advisor of Nickolas Pappas

Andrew Lugg was the student of Dreben and Goldfarb (I'm not sure who was the main advisor.)

9/14/2005 05:08:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

W.T. Stace, in the preface to his book _The Philosophy of Hegel_ says that his teacher of philosophy was Henry S. Macran at Trinity College Dublin. Since that's the only place, it seems, that Stace earned a degree I think there's good reason to list Macran as his advisor. I have no idea if the line can be traced back any further than that. Macron translated and wrote an introduction to Hegel's logic in 1929, published by Oxford, and also wrote a book on Aristoxenus (a student of Aristotle's, I guess) in 1902, and had another book on Hegel's logic in 1912, so he might well have a connecton to the Oxford Hegelians, which would be a nice linking up of the tree.

9/15/2005 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

In the preface to his _Aristotle and Logical Theory_ Jonathan Lear says that Saul Kripke was his advisor.

G.E.L. Owen was the advisor of Mary Louise Gill

I think that Israel Scheffler was the advisor of Steven Barker

Anthony Kenny was the advisor of John Cottingham

In the intro to his _Scientific Explanation_ Richard Braithwaite says, "I should not be philosophizing in the way I do if it had not been my good fortune to have sat at the feet, in Cambridge, of G.E. Moore and Ludwig Wittgenstein". This would seem to indicate that Moore would be a good choice as any for Braithwaite's advisor.

Hans Han might be a good bet as Gustav Bergmann's advisor as Bergman took his PhD in Mathematics in Vienna in '28, where Han was professor of Mathematics.

R.M. Hare, in the intoduction to his _Language of Morals_, thanks H.J. Paton and Gilbert Ryle as his examiners on his prize disertation and for their help.

Richard Popkin, in his book on Skepticism, thanks Paul Weiss as his important teacher at Yale, so perhaps Weiss is a good pick for an advisor. He doesn't actually use that term, though.

9/16/2005 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeffrey Moriarty was the Student of Howard McGary

David Shoemaker was the student of Gary Watson

Steven Wall was the student of Joseph Raz

Ian Young was the student of Christopher Morris

9/17/2005 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred Freddoso's advisor was Michael Loux.

Loux was also co-advisor for Tom Flint, whose other co-advisor was Alvin Plantinga.

9/17/2005 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Pablo Stafforini said...

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9/22/2005 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger Pablo Stafforini said...

Here's a complete list of people advised by Thomas Pogge, taken from his personal website:

Abraham Anderson

Yossi Dahan

Michael Shenefelt

Liam Murphy

Ruey-Yuan Wu

Balthasar Kehi

Michael Koesselman

Michael Kramer

Samuel Kerstein

Ser-Min Shei

Bashshar Haydar

Lars Johan Materstvedt

Uwe Hoffmann

Colin Bird

Lynn Jansen

Brian D. Orend

Øyvind Kvalnes

Cosmas Gitta

Kai Ingolf Johannessen

Kaveh Kamooneh

Bjørn Myskja

Amrita Dhawan

Alexander Cappelen

Robert Guay

Xiangdong Xu

Vidar Halvorsen

Mark Bajakian

Ferda Keskin

Nedim N. Nomer

Gerhard Øverland

Jose Mesa

Robert Armstrong

Vanessa Neumann

Tove Pettersen

Aysen Bilgen

Ernesto Garcia

Paul Spohr

Christian Barry

Jonathan Neufeld

9/22/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Josh.

As I mentioned in an e-mail, Chisholm says that Lewis and D. C. Williams were the two readers of his thesis (in his intellectual autobiography in the Library of Living Philosophers volume), and says nice things about both of them (though I wouldn't pretend to know who had the greater influence on him -- one of his first big moves was to take the piss out of Lewis's phenomenalism, and his approach to metaphysics, which may have been influenced by Williams, didn't really blossom until later).

I feel sure I've seen a catalogue listing of Chisholm's thesis that had both their names on it.

One thing I don't know is: whether it was common practice to have two readers in those days, one of which was usually the "main advisor"; or if the presence of two readers suggests genuinely equal work on their part.

I'm also trying to track down Williams's forebears. I'm getting his dissertation, "a metaphysical interpretation of behariorism", in order to figure out who his advisor was.

Gee, this is fun! It's like baseball card collecting for philosophers!

Thanks for doing it.


9/22/2005 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An earlier comment here lists Ian Hacking as Susan Haack's advisor at Cambridge. In an interview in The Journal of World Philosophy, she says her B.Phil advisor was David Pears and PhD supervisor was Timothy Smiley.

9/24/2005 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

You might be right about Haack- I took that from the into to one of her books, where she says the work grew out of her disertation suppervised by Hacking, but maybe someone else was her offical supervisor.

9/24/2005 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've now posted a draft of the Australasian philosophy family tree.

9/24/2005 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A recent post of Matt's says that Arthur Fine was the advisor of "Andrew Buller". I am fairly confident that Arthur Fine was the advisor of David Buller at Northern Illinois, author or Adapting Minds. Is this simply a mistake or are these actually two different philosophers?

9/25/2005 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Yes- probably written down wrong or remembered wrongly by me. It should be David, not Andrew Buller who was a student of Fine's. That information was taken from the into to Buller's book.

9/25/2005 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Jonathan Glover, in the preface to one of his books, says that A.J. Ayer was his advisor at Oxford.

9/26/2005 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Several Additions:
D.P. Dryer was the advisor of Mary J. Gregor

Frederic Fitch was the advisor of William W. Tait

Ludwig Edelstein was the advisor of Josiah B. Gould and William Pizante

Paul Benacerraf was the advisor of Ronald DeSousa

M. Mandelbaum was the advisor of Nelson Potter and Anita Silyers

Justus Buchler was the advisor of Peter H. Hare

Morris Weitz was the advisor of Theodore E. Uehling

Albert Hofstadter was the advisor of Rudolf Adam Makkreel

Arthur Danto was the advisor of Harold Morick and Bernard Magnus

Edward H. Madden was the advisor of Robert G. Meyers

Peter L. Heath was the advisor of Thomas Regan

R.P. Wolff did his distertation at Harvard in '57 on Kant. He was the advisor of Rex Martin who in turn was the advisor of Gerald Matress

Richard Blackwell was the advisor of Gary Gutting

R. Firth was the advisor of Rolf Meerbote who was in turn the advisor of Hud Hudson.

Clement J. Dore was the advisor of John Heil

D. Keyt was the advisor of Norman Krebbs

J.A. Shaffer was the advisor of Loren Lomasky

D. Gottlieb was the advisor of Michael Detlefsen.

Patrick Heelan was the advisor of Terry Pinkard

D.W. Crawford was the advisor of Susan Fegin

Karsten Harries was the advisor of Donald Luban

Nicholas White (son of Owen) was the advisor of Robert Bolton (before his singing career, I guess.)

J.W. Cornman was the advisor of George Pappas (at Ohio State)

Sally Haslanger was the advisor of Elizabeth Hackett

Lohn Lachs was the advisor of Thomas Brickhouse

E. A. Synam was the advisor of Paul Vincent Spade

Joseph L. Blau was the advisor of Martin Golding

Stephen Barker was the advisor of Robert Goodman

William Frankena was the advisor of Bruce Landesman

Charles Kahn was the advisor of Richard Ketchum, Oliver Larmi, Mary Hanna Jones, Michael McShane, Satoshi Ogihara,

Susan S. Meyer was the advisor to Rory Goggins

Samuel Freeman was the advisor to Edward Diver, Carol Mele, and and Joseph Farber.

Anita Allen was the advisor to Thomas Sullivan.

Gary Ebbs was the advisor to Thomas Meyer and Scott Kimbrough.

Jaakko Hintikka was the advisor of David Woodruff Smith who in turn was the advisor of Paul Livingston

And a few I'm less sure of:
I think Mark Johnson (at Oregon) was the student of Alan Donagan

I think R.M. Hara was Brad Hooker's advisor

I think Karten Harries was Samuel Fleischacker's advisor.

Note also that you have Merold Westphal listed twice- once (rightly) as the son of John Smith and once as an orphan.

9/26/2005 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dummett advised Eva Picardi who advised Sebastiano Moruzzi.

9/28/2005 07:30:00 AM  
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9/28/2005 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Several more additions:

William Tait was the advisor of Joshua Guttman

James Walsh was the advisor of Bonnie Kent

John E. Smith was the advisor of Brian Leftow

George Dickie was the advisor of Noel Carrol and Margaret Brand

Nelson Potter was the advisor of Mark Timmons

Clyde Lee Miller was the advisor of Susan Bordo

James Scanlon was the advisor of Edward Turnbull

Jeffery Tlumak (Son of R.P. Wolff) was the advisor of Paul Moser

Herbert Hendry was the advisor of Roy Sorensen

Robert Turnbull was the advisor of Bat-Ami Bar On

Monroe Berdsley was the advisor of Julie Van Camp and Rosemarie Tong

George Schrader was the advisor of Robert Gooding-Williams

J.A. Newman was the adivisor of Kenneth Blackwell

Thomas Seebohm was the advisor of Frank M Kirkland and Robert Dostal. Dostal was in turn the advisor of Rebecca Carr

B. Eddins was the advisor of Dennis Patterson

Herbert Morris was the advisor of John Deigh

L. Finch was the advisor of Nancy Fraser who was in turn the advisor of Amy Allen and Kelly Oliver. Oliver was in turn advisor of Noella McAffe

Geoffrey Payzant was the adivsor of Philip Alperson.

D. Odegard Was the advisor of Lorraine Code

J.J. Owens was the advisor of James Lennox.

G. Myro was the advisor of Robert Van Gulick

Ted Cohen (Not Donagan, as I'd thought) was the advisor of Mark Johnson

Jack Meiland was the advisor of Evelyn Pluhar

James Edie was the advisor of Joseph Rouse

Van Frassen was the advisor of Paul Thagaard

C.J. Dore was the advisor of Hugh LaFollette

Michael Williams was the advisor of Douglas MacLean

Paul Teller was the advisor of Alan Nelson

D. Goldstick was the advisor of Charles Mills

Gerald Dworkin was the advisor of John P. Christman

Nino Cocchiarella was the advisor of Gregory Landini

Edward Casey was the advisor of Lawrence Cahoon

Lester Hunt was the advisor of Kenneth Westphal

Hans Sluga was the advisor of David Stern

John Rawls was the advisor of Susan Neiman

Micheal Frede was indeed the advisor of Wolfgang Mann and of Constance Meinwald

Earl Conee was the advisor of Robert Amico

Charles Dyke was the advisor of Lynn Hankinsen Nelson

Ruth Marcus was the advisor of Dianna Raffman

Judson Webb was the advisor of Beth Preston

Peter Hylton was the advisor of Wayne Waxman

Hugh Silverman was the advisor of Leonard Lawlor

Peter Galison was the advisor of David magnus

Karsten Harries was the advsior of Robert Hanna

H.E. Mason was the advisor of Luc Bovens

Harry Frankfurt was the advisor of Sarah Buss

William Alston was the advisor of Ralph Baergen

9/28/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman Malcolm was my advisor. He was also the advisor of my undergraduate teacher Edmund Gettier.

I advised doctoral dissertatons by
Larry Ashley
Charles Dunlop
Robert Moore
Shelley Park
Jack Wilson
Steve Geisz
Boris Kukso
Veronica Ponce
Avram Hiller

9/29/2005 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Benacerraf advised Ronald de Sousa, who advised William Seager and Neera Badhwar.

10/02/2005 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some more Toronto connections: Hans Herzberger advised Achille Varzi.
Lynd Forguson advised Duncan McInstosh and Evan Thompson (who also worked with Dennett), but Forguson's adviser was Arnold Levison at Northwestern (1964), and I can't find out who Levison's adviser was.
Also, Ian Hacking advised David Hyder.

10/02/2005 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl Stumpf advised the novelist, Robert Musil (whose dissertation was on Mach). Stumpf also advised the Gestalt psychologists Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Kohler.

10/02/2005 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A correction re. Calvin Normore: Matt is close (8/10/2005 02:48:16), but one of Normore's advisors was Hans Herzberger (not Hersberg).
I couldn't find Feigl on the tree. His advisor was Moritz Schlick, who did his dissertation in physics under Max Planck. And I think Grover Maxwell was Feigl's student.

10/02/2005 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dretske advised Tim Schroeder (at Univ. of Manitoba). Sonia Sedivy advised Wolfgang Huemer (at Erfurt).

10/03/2005 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Josh.

I see you put Chisholm under D.C.Williams and not C.I. Lewis. I think you misunderstood my comment about that. I heard that Lewis and Williams were his co-directors; but it would be natural to think that Lewis was his main director, because the dissertation was in epistemology, and closer to Lewis's views than to anything Williams was writing about. So I think, if he can only have one parent, it should be C.I. Lewis. I was just curious whether you were willing to countenance dual directors -- that's how Chisholm describes them ("The teachers at Harvard who influenced me most were C.I. Lewis, Donald C. Williams, and W.V.Quine...." and "C. I. Lewis and Donald C. Williams were the supervisors of my Ph.D. thesis..." (Self-Profile, from the *Profiles* book on Chisholm, p. 4). So, if it is possible to have two direct ancestors on the tree, then there might be justification for it. In Chisholm's case.

Out of curiousity, I got interlibrary loan to procure a copy of the first page of Williams's dissertation (a metaphysical interpretation of behaviorism). I haven't seen it yet, but the first signature was reported to me as "Ralph Cerry", which must be Ralph Perry -- who goes through Royce to Leibniz, anyway.



10/03/2005 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hi Josh,

Some additions and some corrections, as well as a few questions:

Bernd Magnus is listed twice (due to a typo on my part, perhaps) as a orphan and father of Furrow and light and as a son of Danto (as Bernard). It should just be as Bernd under Danto (with his children, of course)

Charles Mills is listed twice- as an orphan (with his son, Edward Tverdek) and as the son of Goldstick. it should be consolidated.

Nicholas White (father of Mele and Bolton) should be listed as a son of G. Owen.

Dieter Henrich seems to be listed twice- once as a son of Gademar and once as an orphin and father of Marcello Straum- if it's the same person it should be consolidated.

Fred Rauscher (son of Guyer) is listed twice under Guyer.

Norman Kretzmann was the advisor of Robert Pasnau

John Wisdom was the advisor of Michael Ayers. I think Wisdom was advised by Moore, but don't know this for sure.

Rickert was the advisor of Emil Lisk

Anscome was the advisor of Roger Scruton

Putnam and Rawls were the advisors of Michele Moody-Adams (I think Putnam was the main advisor.)

David Woodruff Smith (son of Hinktikka) was the advisor of Amie Thomasson

It seems that Marcuse's main graduate training was in liturature, but that his primary philosophical training came while working as Heidegger's assistant. So, it might be best to put him under Heidegger.

You have two "John Campbell's" listed- one as the son of Dummett and the other as the father of Brian Zamulinki (SP?)- are these the same person?

Also, it seems plausible that Frank Hardie (father of Berlin) and W.F.R. Hardie (father of Grice) are the same person- they were both at Oxford at basically the same time, so it would seem likely to me. I don't know for sure. Similarly, I wonder if Joseph Owens (son of Gilson) is the same person as J.J. Owens (father of James Lennox).

It seems likely that R.M. Hare should go under either Ryle or H.J. Paton- since Paton is Ryle's father, it might not make much difference.

Lastly, all of my additions from 9/08/05 at 8:17pm seem to have missed going into the update- they might have just gotten lost in the mass of additions, if it's not that you just haven't gotten to them yet.

10/03/2005 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Russell, now listed as an orphan w/ one child, was the student of Bernard Williams. Russell was also the advisor of Katherine Browne.

10/04/2005 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two more Brentano students: Chrisian von Ehrenfels and Alois Hofler. I think Alan Garfinkel was advised by Hilary Putnam.

10/04/2005 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, that should be Christian von Ehrenfels (and Duncan McIntosh in one of my earlier posts).
I (Paul Raymont) was advised by William Seager (in the Benacerraf line).

10/04/2005 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the CV just posted for the conference at Buffalo on his work, E.J. Lowe studied with Blackburn. Lowe's students (who have completed their degrees) are listed as:

Sharon Ney, Susan Southgate, Paul S. McDonald, Man Cheung Chung, Martin Connor, Nicholas Southgate, Sophie Gibb, William J. Pollard, Geraldine Coggins, Darrell Rowbottom and Jonathan Tallant

10/05/2005 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hans Jonas was advised by Heidegger.
Kurt Lewin was advised by Stumpf.
Egon Brunswik was advised by Karl Buhler (though Mortiz Schlick's signature is also on the dissertation).

10/06/2005 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Panayot Butchvarov advised Albert Casullo and Kenneth Williford. Casullo advised Peter Murphy, Tim Black, Nancy Brahm, David Reiter, Lory Lemke, and Heimir Geirsson. I don't know who advised Butchvarov, but he got his doctorate in 1955 at the Univ. of Virginia.

A.J. Ayer advised T.L.S. Sprigge.
T.S. Eliot was advised by Josiah Royce. Eliot's dissertation was approved, but he didn't return to Harvard for the defence and so didn't have a Ph.D.

10/06/2005 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a biography of Alfred Schutz (*The Participating Citizen*, by Michael Barber), Dorion Cairns "studied with Husserl in Freiburg." According to the same source, Schutz was the adviser of Maurice Natanson.

W.H. Walsh advised William Dray; I don't know who advised Walsh.

Hans Kelsen advised Felix Kaufmann.

10/07/2005 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friedrich Jodl advised Otto Weininger.

Calvin Normore advised Victoria McGeer.

Brian McLaughlin advised Joyce Tigner and Gene Witmer.

Jerry Fodor advised Susan Schneider and Andrew Milne.

Brian Loar advised John Sarnecki, Katalin Balog, and Jonathan Sutton.

Barry Loewer advised Rupert Read, and Stephanie Beardman.

Stephen Stich advised Catherine Driscoll.

Colin McGinn advised Max Deutsch.

Tim Maudlin advised Barry Ward, Mark Moyer and Douglass Kutach.

Robert Matthews advised Mark D'Cruz, Julie Yoo, Stefano Bertolo, Alastair Tait, and Matthew Phillips.

10/07/2005 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernard Katz advised Joshua Mozersky and David Sturdee.

Daniel Goldstick advised Chandra Kumar.

Thomas A. Goudge advised C.C.W. Webb.

Fred Wilson advised Andrew Cunningham and Mathew Gorman.

Sonia Sedivy advised John Gibson, Jay Gupta, and Mark Macleod.

Arthur Ripstein advised Andrew Latus.

Ian Hacking advised Angela Carlson, Any Francois, and Michel Dufour.

Sharon Kaye was advised by Calvin Normore and Bernard Katz.

Normore also advised Anthony Craig Squires and Anthony Speca.

10/07/2005 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D. (David) Savan advised Jacqueline Brunning.

Robert Imlay was advised by W.G. Maclagan (at Glasgow).

Ronald de Sousa advised Sean Allen-Hermanson, Jay Smith, Jan Zwicky, J.D. Morton, L. Jost, J. Robinson, Andrew Kernohan, D. Dunne, Rod Watkins, Paul Jamieson, Kevin Krein, and Sarah Marquart.

Ian Hacking advised Stephen D'Arcy.

10/07/2005 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hector-Neri Castaneda advised Tomis Kapitan, Michael McKinsey, Jerome Gellman, John Dreher, Thomas Raymond Williams, Donald Nute, William Rapaport, Ricardo Gomez, Francesco Orilia, Priyedarshi Jetli, Ana H. Marostica, and Adriano Palma.

10/07/2005 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arthur Burks advised Will Crichton.

10/07/2005 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

In Juliet Floy and Sanford Shieh's book _Future Pasts_ it's reported that Dreben was the reader on Kripke's undergrad honors thesis on modal logic. I don't know if that's enough to put Kripke under Dreben or not, though, espeically since it was developing ideas he'd been working on since before he started at Harvard, it seems. It's probably the best one will find as far as philosophers go.

10/08/2005 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noted above that Will Crichton was advised by Arthur Burks. I just saw that you have a J.W. Crichton in the tree already (advising C.C. Brodeur). These two Crichtons must be the same. Will Crichton's full name was John Willison Crichton. He taught in the graduate faculty at Toronto from 1963 until 1972 (Brodeur graduated in 1967).

10/09/2005 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tadeusz Kotarbinski was advised by Twardowski.

10/09/2005 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...

OK, I think I'm caught up now. If you've left additions to the tree, and they aren't there in the latest version, then I've managed to miss them, so remind me, if you will.

Matt, there are two John Campbells -- one at Berkeley and one at La Trobe. Otherwise, I think your suggestions about duplications were all correct, and I've collapsed as necessary. I've decided that the best course of action on Kripke is just to e-mail him and see if he has a preference on how he is placed in the tree. Now I just have to find an e-mail address for him.

10/10/2005 11:34:00 AM  
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10/10/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have E.L. Fackenheim listed. His name was Emil L. Fackenheim. He advised Graeme Nicholson (who appears further down the list).

10/10/2005 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aron Gurwitsch's dissertation was accepted (and his oral exam passsed) by Moritz Geiger at Gottingen. But he'd already finished writing it before he met Geiger. He wrote it in Frankfurt (where he worked with professors in the natural sciences, Gelb and Kurt Goldstein) and then went in search of a philosophy prof who was willing to accept his dissertation. So I guess his adviser, technically, was Geiger. This is according to Gurwitsch's bio at

10/10/2005 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignas Kestutis Skrupskelis was advised by Marcus Long.

Mark Thornton was advised by W.W. Mellor (at Sheffield). Thornton advised Victor Ramraj.

John Burbidge was advised by Emil Fackenheim.

Wayne Sumner advised Gustaf Arrhenius and Patricia Kazan.

Frank Cunningham (currently on the list as F. Cunningham) advised Joshua Tabah, Kok-Chor Tan, and Michelle Switzer.

Graeme Nicholson advised Rajinder Paul Bali and Morgan Rempel.

Gordon Nagel (now on the list as G. Nagel) advised Anna Frammartino and Sumangali Rajiva.

Rebecca Comay advised Victoria Burke, James Gilbert Walsh, and Andrea Sauder.

Cheryl Misak advised Glen Hoffman.

Joseph Boyle advised Darko Piknjac.

Peter Apostoli advised Sara Ellenbogen.

Meinong advised Rudolf Ameseder (1901), Vittorio Benussi (1901), Wilhelm Maria Frankl (1903), Fritz Heider (1920), Ernst Schwarz (1903), France Veber (1917), and Stephan Witasek.

Under Bretano you have Alois Hoffer. It should be Alois Hofler. He graduated in 1885.

10/11/2005 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comay also advised Tamar Japaridze.

10/11/2005 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emil L. ('L' for Ludwig) Fackenheim was advised by George Sidney Brett. Thomas A. Goudge was advised by C.I. Lewis at Harvard and George Sidney Brett at Toronto.
John Slater advised Ross Stanway.

10/12/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Santayana wrote his disertation on Lotze under Royce at Harvard. Some the following information comes from the introduction to the published version of the disertation, writen by Paul Kuntz.

In this introduction Hermann Weisse is described as "a former student of Hegel". It's not clear if this means attending a few lectures or actually studying under him.

Lotze was, it's said, the advisor of George T. Ladd (who was the chair at Yale early in the 20th century) and Borden Parker Bowne, who was at BU. Lotze was also the main philosophical influence on Richard (later Lord) Haldane, and John Theodor Merz.

Lotze was described as having either "trained or helped train" Twardowski, Dilthey, Paulsen, Wundt, and Busse. For this group I'm less sure that Lotze was advisor, as they were included with some others (Rickert and Lask) for whom others were the advisor, but also for some (Windelband, Stumpf) for whom Lotze seems to have been the actual advisor. Dilthey and Wundt are the biggest philosophical names.

George Croom Robertson, the first editor of Mind, was at least heavily influenced by Lotze, but might not have studied under thim. This wasn't totally cler from the discussion.

T.S. Elliot was the student, it seems, of Royce

Finally, James Ward was the advisor of Alban G. Widgery

10/12/2005 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

George Schrader was the advisor of John Silber and Vere Chappell

Rulon Wells was the advisor of Richard Schmitt

Robert Scoon was Rogers Albritton's advisor (for a disertation on Plato)

Charner Perry was James Scanlan's (father of Husak) advisor

John Randdall was the advisor of Fred Sommers. Sommers was in turn the advisor of Margaret Atherton

Dudley Shapere was the advisor of Jarrett Leplin

Henry Margenau was the advisor of Peter Caws

R.J. Nelson was the advisor of Judson Webb (father of Flanagan)

Arthur Danto was the advisor of Nicholas Capaldi and Steven Cahn

Glenn Negley was the advisor of Haig Khatchadourian

Samuel Gorovitz was the advisor of Elizabeth Rapaport

10/12/2005 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

a few quick corrections (often of mistakes I introduced, alas...)

Bachelard and Simon de Beauvoir should both be under _Leon_, not _Louis_ Brunschvig. I believe that Brunschvig was also Raymond Aron's advisor for philosophy at the ENS, and that Aron's advanced degree might have been in sociology, but I don't know this for sure. Brunschvig was also likely Sartre's advisor, as much as he had one.

Monroe Beardsley is on the list twice- once as the Berdsley, which is the wrong spelling. Under the wrong spelling he's listed as the father of Julie Van camp and Tong.

James Scanlan should be spelled w/ an 'a', not an 'o', as I'd done before.

Also, I believe that Anthony Ungar had been the student of Georg Kreisel, but I'm not certain of that.

10/12/2005 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some dates: Otto Weininger got his doctorate in 1902. Ross Stanway got his in 1966. Arthur Burks received his Ph.D. in 1941. Emil Fackenheim was awarded his in 1945.

Max Dessoir was advised by Wilhelm Dilthey, and received his doctorate in 1889.

10/13/2005 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked Prof. John Slater (Emeritus at Toronto) re. some of the earlier Toronto professors. He says that George Sidney Brett (father of Fackenheim and Goudge) didn't have a doctorate, but received an M.A. from Oxford. While at Oxford, his two main influences were Herbert W. Blunt and the classicist, John Alexander Smith. This latter must be J.A. Smith (father of Paton on your tree). According to Slater, a big part of Brett's book on the history of psychology grew from his work with Alexander, so maybe Alexander should get the nod as Brett's advisor. This puts a big Toronto branch into the Oxford tree.

10/13/2005 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, in that 2nd-last sentence of the previous post I should have been calling the Oxford classicist 'Smith', not 'Alexander'.

10/13/2005 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A bunch of additions:

Penelopy Maddy was the advisor of Don Fallis

Nancy Fraser was the advisor of Kevin Olson

Nicholas Griffin was the advisor of Reid Buchanan

Ernam McMullin (now listed as just 'E McMullin) was the advisor of Mark Richard Webb

Joseph Camp was the advisor of Lionel Shapiro, Derrick Darby, and Ram Neta

Kelly Oliver was the advisor of Katherine Cooklin, Doris Rita Alfonso, and Christina Hendricks

Stephen White was the advisor of Matthew Evans

Rachel Cohon was the advisor of Marcel Liberman

Lawrence Shapiro was the advisor of Steven Schmid and Laura Sizer

Henry Alison was the advisor of Matthew Caswell.

Douglas Lewis was the advisor of Scott Pratt

Paul Thagard was the advisor of Robert Zhu-Jing, Cameron Shelley, and Allison Barnes

Stanley Cavell was the advisor of Martin Stone

Paul Vincent Spade was the advisor of Rondo Keele, Charles Bolyard, Yiwei Zheng, and Christopher Vaughan

Michael Slote was the advisor of Matthew McCabe

Edward Hall was the advisor of Adam Elga

Yirmiyahu Yovel was the advisor of Aaron Garrett

Mark Timmons was the advisor of Karin Fry, Joshua Glasgow, and Randy Cagle

Barry Smith (at Buffalo) was the advisor of Eric Little

Sharon Lloyd was the advisor of James Stramel

Gregory Landini was the advisor of Kevin Klement and Scott Malowitz

Arthur Fine was the advisor of Evelyn Brister, Karen Darling, Robert Loftis, Bruce Gordon, and Steven Weinstein

Andrew Lugg was the advisor of Puqun Li and Edward Tingly

John Lachs was the advisor of Glen McGee

Robert Brandom was the advisor of Janice Dowell.

S. Marc Cohen was the advisor of Anthony Roark

Ron Moore was the advisor of Kenneth Himma, John Davis, and Jana Mohr Lone

Susan Neiman was the advisor of Larry Herrera

Fred Miller was the advisor of S. Harold Barnett

Helen Longino was the advisor of Lisa Bergin and Heidi Grasswick

Owen Flanagan was the advisor of Eddy Nahmias, Brook Sadler, and Joseph Neisser

Alison Simmons was the advisor of Sean Greenberg

Rex Martin was the advisor of Richard Buck, and Susan Daniel

Leslie Green was the advisor of Helley Tremain

Michael Williams was the advisor of Richard Foley and Ronald Leoffler

Rob Clifton was the advisor of Hans Halvorson

Andre Gombay was the advisor of Karen Detlefsen, Byron Williston, Anne Cumming

Eva Kittay was the advisor of Amy Ruth Baehr, Barbara Andrew, and Barbara Jean Leclero

Elijah Millgram was the advisor of Gerry Bridgman

William Wimsatt was the advisor of Barbara Montero and Paul Nelson

Terry Pikard was the advisor of Cynthia Chance and John Joseph Degiola

Beth Preston was the advisor of John A. Fennel

Mary Rawlinson was the advisor of Ann Cahil and Ellen Feder

Derek Parfit and Thomas Scanlon were the advisors for Lionel Kenneth Macpherson

Peter Hare was the advisor for Tim Madigan

Kenneth Baynes was the advisor for Lisa Schwartzman

Richard Feldman was the advisor for Bo Mo

Alison Wylie was the advisor for James Indahl, Joan Mason-Grant, and Kent Hogarth

Eliot Sober was the advisor for Robin Andreasen

Donald Scherer was the advisor for Robert Hood

David Kyet was the advisor for Niels C. Rauhut

John Earman was the advisor for Gordon Belot, Rebecca Kukla, and Laura Ruetscher

Mary Louise Gill was the advisor of Katherine Nola

10/13/2005 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A bunch of additions:

Penelopy Maddy was the advisor of Don Fallis

Nancy Fraser was the advisor of Kevin Olson

Nicholas Griffin was the advisor of Reid Buchanan

Ernam McMullin (now listed as just 'E McMullin) was the advisor of Mark Richard Webb

Joseph Camp was the advisor of Lionel Shapiro, Derrick Darby, and Ram Neta

Kelly Oliver was the advisor of Katherine Cooklin, Doris Rita Alfonso, and Christina Hendricks

Stephen White was the advisor of Matthew Evans

Rachel Cohon was the advisor of Marcel Liberman

Lawrence Shapiro was the advisor of Steven Schmid and Laura Sizer

Henry Alison was the advisor of Matthew Caswell.

Douglas Lewis was the advisor of Scott Pratt

Paul Thagard was the advisor of Robert Zhu-Jing, Cameron Shelley, and Allison Barnes

Stanley Cavell was the advisor of Martin Stone

Paul Vincent Spade was the advisor of Rondo Keele, Charles Bolyard, Yiwei Zheng, and Christopher Vaughan

Michael Slote was the advisor of Matthew McCabe

Edward Hall was the advisor of Adam Elga

Yirmiyahu Yovel was the advisor of Aaron Garrett

Mark Timmons was the advisor of Karin Fry, Joshua Glasgow, and Randy Cagle

Barry Smith (at Buffalo) was the advisor of Eric Little

Sharon Lloyd was the advisor of James Stramel

Gregory Landini was the advisor of Kevin Klement and Scott Malowitz

Arthur Fine was the advisor of Evelyn Brister, Karen Darling, Robert Loftis, Bruce Gordon, and Steven Weinstein

Andrew Lugg was the advisor of Puqun Li and Edward Tingly

John Lachs was the advisor of Glen McGee

Robert Brandom was the advisor of Janice Dowell.

S. Marc Cohen was the advisor of Anthony Roark

Ron Moore was the advisor of Kenneth Himma, John Davis, and Jana Mohr Lone

Susan Neiman was the advisor of Larry Herrera

Fred Miller was the advisor of S. Harold Barnett

Helen Longino was the advisor of Lisa Bergin and Heidi Grasswick

Owen Flanagan was the advisor of Eddy Nahmias, Brook Sadler, and Joseph Neisser

Alison Simmons was the advisor of Sean Greenberg

Rex Martin was the advisor of Richard Buck, and Susan Daniel

Leslie Green was the advisor of Helley Tremain

Michael Williams was the advisor of Richard Foley and Ronald Leoffler

Rob Clifton was the advisor of Hans Halvorson

Andre Gombay was the advisor of Karen Detlefsen, Byron Williston, Anne Cumming

Eva Kittay was the advisor of Amy Ruth Baehr, Barbara Andrew, and Barbara Jean Leclero

Elijah Millgram was the advisor of Gerry Bridgman

William Wimsatt was the advisor of Barbara Montero and Paul Nelson

Terry Pikard was the advisor of Cynthia Chance and John Joseph Degiola

Beth Preston was the advisor of John A. Fennel

Mary Rawlinson was the advisor of Ann Cahil and Ellen Feder

Derek Parfit and Thomas Scanlon were the advisors for Lionel Kenneth Macpherson

Peter Hare was the advisor for Tim Madigan

Kenneth Baynes was the advisor for Lisa Schwartzman

Richard Feldman was the advisor for Bo Mo

Alison Wylie was the advisor for James Indahl, Joan Mason-Grant, and Kent Hogarth

Eliot Sober was the advisor for Robin Andreasen

Donald Scherer was the advisor for Robert Hood

David Kyet was the advisor for Niels C. Rauhut

John Earman was the advisor for Gordon Belot, Rebecca Kukla, and Laura Ruetscher

Mary Louise Gill was the advisor of Katherine Nola

10/13/2005 11:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A.J. Ayer advised Robert Tully, and H.J. ('J' for John) McCloskey advised William Harvey.

10/14/2005 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Some additions and partial additions/clues:

Randell Collins, in his _Sociology of Philosophies_, also says that there was a "master-pupil" relationship between Hegel and Weisse, though it's not elaborated on. It's possible that he's drawing on the same intro to Santayana's book on Lotze that I'd mentioned before.

There is apparently a line of influence and instruction going from Wundt through someone named Kulpe to Karl Buhler, the teacher of Popper. I don't know if this is a line of advisorship or if Kulpe worked under Wundt as his assistant and then Buhler did the same under Kulpe.

Collins lists W.E. Johnson (a logician at Cambridge and other places, I guess, one often mentioned by Wittgenstein in his letters) as the teacher of Susan Stebbing and also of Keynes and Braithwaite, though I suspect that Moore was certainly the stronger philosophical influence on Braithwaite. Johnson was apparently the student of Cayley (whom was once listed as Whitehead's teacher but now isn't.)

Brentano was apparently a teacher of Martin Buber, though whether he was a proper advisor I can't say.

Kojeve, son of Jaspers, was a teacher of Jean Hippolyte, though again I can't say if this was a proper advisor role. I think (though I don't know much here) that Kojeve was was probably the main philosophical influence on Hippolyte, but I'm at least somewhat skeptical that this was a proper advisor relationship.

10/14/2005 06:56:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few more additions:

Claudia Card was the advisor of Janet Borgerson, Andrea Veltman, David Concepcion, Kate Norlock, and Stephen Whitton

Harry Brighouse was the advisor of Dale Murray and Jeff Jones

Eliot Sober was the advisor of Mehmet Elgin and Zachery Ernst

Ivan Soll was the advisor of Ted Kinnaman

Edward Sankowski (son of A. Wood) was the advisor of Margaret Urban Walker (her last name was Coyne then.)

Stanley Rosen was the advisor of David Levine

Charles Kahn was the advisor of Richard Patterson (now listed as an orphan)

Frank Ebersole was the advisor of Andrea Nye

James Edie was the advisor of Mary Rawlinson

George Pitcher was the advisor of Catherine Wilson

10/14/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Byrd was a student of Karel Lambert

10/16/2005 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Brown was a student of Jose Benardete

Robert van Gulick (who is one of the philosophers indexed, only as Bob van Gulick) was a Student of Paul Grice

William Benjamin Bradley was a student of Fred Feldman

10/16/2005 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Dever said...


The information I've seen says that Weisse received his degree from Leibniz in 1832. Hegel was teaching at Berlin, and died in 1831, so I think any link between the two must still be mediated by someone else.

Thanks, as usual, for the many additions. I'll try to get them all into the tree soon.

10/17/2005 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a bit about Weisse in Michael Heidelberger's book on Fechner (Nature From Within). Heidelberger says that Weisse started lecturing in 1828 at Leipzig. That must be where he subsequently completed his studies. Heidelberger doesn't say who advised him, but cites a book on Weisse by Gunter Kruk, published in 1994. I don't know if Kruk identifies Weisse's adviser (the book's in German).

10/18/2005 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

A few more to add...

Stephen Schiffer was the advisor of Gary Ostertag

Frank Kirkland (son of Seebohm) was the advisor of Stephen L. Thompson

Michael Friedman was the advisor of Miriam Thalos

David Hull was the advisor of Todd Alan Grantham

Gary Gutting was the advisor of Gabor Forrai

Eliot Sober was the advisor of David Wendler and Anthony F. Peressini

Christopher Morris was the advisor of Kenn Cust

Rawls and Scanlon were the advisors of Hilary Bok and Anthony Follesdal. I'm not sure who was the main advisor but I suspect Scanlon given Rawls's age at the time and the topics.

Arthur Fine was the advisor of Anrew Peter Norman

William Wimsatt was the advisor of Stuart Glennan

Charles Kahn was the advisor of Timothy Mahoney, Sherry Blum, and William Stephens

Rachel Cohon was the advisor of Brad Wilburn

Jonathan Bennett was the advisor of Frances Howard-Snyder

10/18/2005 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Some more additions:

Stephen Schiffer was the advisor of Gary Ostertag

Frank Kirkland was the adivsor of Stephen L. Thompson

David Hull was the advisor of Todd Alan Grantham

Gary Gutting was the adivsor of Gabor orrai

Eliot Sober was the advisor of David Wendler and Anthony Peressini

Christopher Morris was the advisor of Kenn Cust

Rawls and Scanlon were the advisors of Hilary Bok and Andreas Follesdal. I don't know who the main advisor was in either case but if I had to guess I'd guess Scanlon

Arthur Fine was the advisor of Andrew Peter Norman

William Wimsatt was the advisor of Stuart Glennan

Charles Kahn was the adivsor of Timothy Mahoney, Sherry Blum, and William Stephens

Rachel Cohon was the advisor of Brad Wilburn

Jonathan Bennett was the advisor of Frances Howard-Snyder

10/18/2005 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Sorry about the double posts- I've got an unhappy internet connection of late (damned verizon!)

10/18/2005 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Gerald Cohen was the advisor of Will Kymlica

10/20/2005 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

ugh!- That should be Will Kymlicka, w/ two 'k's. Sorry for my inability to spell/type properly

10/24/2005 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Kukla said...

Hi - Someone on this blog claimed that my director was John Earman. This is not true - my director was John Haugeland, as originally listed.

Laura Ruetsche did indeed work with Earman but her name has no 'r' at the end.

Rebecca Kukla

11/07/2005 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another addition

Graham Priest was the advisor of Koji Tanaka, who has recently been appointed at the University of Auckland

11/10/2005 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry F. Vaughan (University of Oklahoma, 1999) was Hugh Benson's student.

11/14/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nino Cocchiarella (p. 21 on the tree) also directed
Craig DeLancey and
Max Freund.

Also Laird Addis (p. 11) was the student of Gustav Bergmann

11/23/2005 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Additions:

Walter Hopp and Steve Porter were advised by Dallas Willard

James van Cleve was advised by Keith Lehrer

12/09/2005 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the supervisor of a Habilitation thesis count as a parent? Gadamer completed a dissertation under Natorp on Plato in 1922 (noted in the genealogy tree) but then also completed a second thesis (his Habilitation) under Heidegger in 1928. This would give him two distinct ancestral trees. In Heidegger's case, his doctoral thesis and Habilitation were both supervised by Rickert.

Might there be other occurrences of two distinct parent lines in other cases like Gadamer's - particularly in German lines? Should the genealogy accurately reflect these lines of convergence/divergence? Unfortunate as it may be to map the domino effects, I would think so and it would be consistent with the other rules (including those of thumb) being employed in the project.

12/12/2005 10:31:00 AM  

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