Past Faculty

Morton White

School of Historical Studies
Philosophy and Intellectual History
Affiliation
Historical Studies
Field of Study
Philosophy and Intellectual History

Morton White was Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, where he served as Professor from 1970 until his retirement in 1987. One of America’s most distinguished philosophers and historians of ideas, White broadened the scope of topics traditionally studied by philosophers, with incisive analysis in the realms of epistemology and social and political philosophy. In his philosophy of holistic pragmatism, he bridged the positivistic gulf between analytic and synthetic truth as well as that between moral and scientific belief. He maintained that philosophy of science is not philosophy enough, thereby encouraging the examination of other aspects of civilized life—especially art, history, law, politics, and religion—and their relations with science.

Dates at IAS
Emeritus
  • Historical Studies
7/19875/2016
Faculty
  • Historical Studies
9/19706/1987
Member
  • Historical Studies
1/196812/1968
Member
  • Historical Studies
9/19626/1963
Member
  • Historical Studies
9/19536/1954
Degrees
Columbia University Ph.D., 1942
Columbia University A.M., 1938
City College of New York B.Sc., 1936
Honors
Awards: Columbia University, Butler Medal in Philosophy 1961, Woodbridge Prize in Philosophy 1943; Guggenheim Fellowship 1950–51
Honorary Degrees: City University of New York, L.H.D. 1975
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Antiquarian Society; American Council of Learned Societies; American Philosophical Society
Appointments
Harvard University 1948–1970 Professor 1953–70, Chairman of the Department of Philosophy 1954–57, Associate Professor 1950–53, Assistant Professor 1948–50
University of Pennsylvania 1946–1948 Assistant Professor