Philosopher Philip Quinn dies at age 64

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Philip Quinn, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, died this morning at Saint Josephs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 64.

Quinn, a member of Notre Dames philosophy faculty since 1985, was born in Long Branch, N.J., on June 22, 1940. He was graduated from Georgetown University in 1962 after which he studied for a year at the University of Louvain in Belgium. Returning to this country, he earned a masters degree in physics from the University of Delaware in 1966 and spent the following three years at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received masters and doctoral degrees in philosophy. He joined the faculty of Brown University in 1962 and was appointed to Browns William Herbert Perry Faunce Professorship in 1982.

A specialist in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, Quinn was the author of more than 100 articles and reviews in various philosophical journals and anthologies. He also was the author of “Divine Commands and Moral Requirements” and “The Philosophical Challenges of Religious Diversity” and the co-editor of “A Companion to Philosophy of Religion.” He held several positions in the American Philosophical Association including the presidency of its Central Division and chair of the National Board of Officers. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 15) at the Hickey Funeral Home, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. The Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 16) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame.

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