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Emeritus Professor David Malet Armstrong passes away

19 May, 2014

Emeritus Professor David Malet Armstrong's passed away on May 13th.  David Armstrong has made major contributions to metaphysics and philosophy of mind. 

David ArmstongProfessor Armstrong was awarded a B.A. at the University of Sydney, with First Class Honours in Philosophy and the University Medal.  He later obtained B.Phil from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from University of Melbourne.  Armstrong was made Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993, for services to Philosophy.  He was also a Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities (F.A.H.A., Foundation Fellow,1969) and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (F.B.A.) in 1998.

David Armstrong taught at Birkbeck College in 1954–55, then at the University of Melbourne from 1956–63.  In 1964, he became Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, until his retirement in 1991.  During his career, he was a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions including Yale, Stanford, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Texas at Austin and Franklin and Marshall College.  He was a prolific writer with nineteen books, including A Materialist Theory of Mind (Routledge, 1968), Universals and Scientific Realism Vols. 1 and 2. (Cambridge University Press, 1978), and A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility (Cambridge University Press, 1989)

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Email:moira.gatens@sydney.edu.au