Rogers Albritton


Rogers Albritton was born on August 15th, 1923 in Ohio and is the Philosopher from United States. Discover Rogers Albritton's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 78 years old.

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August 15, 1923
United States
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May 21, 2002 (age 78)
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About Rogers Albritton

Rogers Garland Albritton (August 15, 1923 – May 21, 2002) was a chair of the Harvard and UCLA philosophy departments, and considered by his peers to be one of the finest philosophical minds of the 20th century.

Albritton's influence was achieved despite having published very little, a fact about him that inspired the entry "allbutwritten" in Daniel Dennett's philosophical Lexicon.

Albritton's specialties included ancient philosophy, philosophy of mind, free will, skepticism, metaphysics and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.


Albritton was born in Columbus, Ohio to Errett Cyril Albritton, a research physiologist, and Rietta Garland Albritton, a chemist.

He was admitted to Swarthmore at the age of 15 but left to serve in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He received his B.A. from St. John's College, Annapolis in 1948. He taught for a year at St. John's and began teaching full-time at Cornell after completing 3 years of graduate work at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1955 and continued to teach at Cornell before being appointed to Harvard in 1956.

He made tenure at Harvard in 1960 and served as chair from 1963 to 1970. In 1968, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1972, he transferred to University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as chair from 1972 to 1981. In 1984 he was president of the Western (then Pacific) Division of the American Philosophical Association.

He retired in 1991 but continued to teach courses at UCLA through the mid-1990s.

Having suffered from chronic emphysema, he died in 2002 of pneumonia.

Of his limited publication rate, his New York Times obituarist remarked: