RIP Lynne Rudder Baker

She died last month.

I first heard of her cognitive suicide argument at a Wesleyan Philosophy of Mind symposium (a futile attempt to keep Ken Taylor there, IIRC). Jay Garfield discussed it (his talk also was my introduction to Sellarsian dot quotes). I was fascinated by it. My thesis proposal came out of that fascination (and because a different sort of cognitive suicide).

(In the attic purge, I found lots of thesis printouts. I may be able to look at them.)

I didn’t realise how theistic she was!   That’s interesting. It puts some of her intellectual history in a new light, although don’t think she was a supernaturalist in any real way. I suspect that she’s a bit Kantian in wanting to make room for God, freedom and immortality (though again, not in a supernatural way).

I never met her or see her talk, but Saving Belief was a friend. We grew apart, but I still have fond college memories of it.

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