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History of the Department

Below are reproductions of portraits and photographs of some of our famous faculty.

More information about many of these and other figures from our long history can be found here. Readers may also wish to consult items from this list as well.

The "Golden Age": 1870s - c. 1910s

The five philosophers of the "Golden Age" of philosophy at Harvard.
Josiah Royce
Josiah Royce
1854 - 1916
George Santayana
George Santayana
1863 - 1953
William James
William James
1842 - 1910
Hugo Munsterberg
Hugo M√ľnsterberg
1863 - 1916
George Herbert Palmer
George Herbert Palmer
1842 - 1933
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c. 1910s - c. 1950s

Alfred North Whitehead
Alfred North Whitehead
1861 - 1947
Ralph Barton Perry
Ralph Barton Perry
1876 - 1957
C. I. Lewis
C. I. Lewis
1883 - 1964

Faculty of the Department, 1929

Faculty of the Department, 1929
Front row (l-r): Ralph Barton Perry, Alfred North Whitehead, James Houghton Woods, James W. Miller (instructor), John Wild (instructor), Henry Maurice Sheffer.

Back row (l-r): C.I. Lewis, Kerby Sinclair Miller (instructor), Ralph M. Blake (visitor), Ralph Eaton, William Ernest Hocking.

Rudolph Carnap
Rudolph Carnap
1891 - 1970
During the 1940-1941 academic year, both Rudolph Carnap and Bertrand Russell were visiting professors in the Department.

Alfred Tarski was also a visiting professor at Harvard that academic year, in the Department of Mathematics.
Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
1872 - 1970
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c. 1950s - 2000

W.V.O. Quine
W.V.O. Quine
1908 - 2000
Nelson Goodman
Nelson Goodman
1906 - 1998
John Rawls
John Rawls
1926 - 2002
Roderick Firth
Roderick Firth
1917 - 1987
Robert Nozick
Robert Nozick
1938 - 2002
For information about Richard B. Angell, an alumnus of the Department during this time, please visit http://www.rbangell.com/.
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