In Memorium: Bob Barrett

Robert Barrett, Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Philosophy Department, has passed away.  Bob received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in the 1961. In the 1960s, Washington University hired Richard Rudner, then editor of Philosophy of Science, to rebuild the WU Philosophy Department with a concentration on philosophy of science.  Barrett was one of the first hires, and when Rudner died unexpectedly, Barrett took over the job of Chair of the department (1971-1980).  Bob co-edited Perspectives on Quine (1990).  His research interests were Pragmatism, Renaissance science, sociological explanation of science and the history of Analytic Philosophy.