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Fogelin, Wolff are American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows

Robert Fogelin
Robert Fogellin
Christian Wolff
Christian Wolff

Robert John Fogelin, Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, and Christian Wolff, Strauss Professor Emeritus of Music and Professor of Classics, were elected fellows by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences last month.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding leaders in their fields in the Academy's 225th year," said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks. "Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large."

This year, the Academy elected 196 new Fellows and 17 new Foreign Honorary Members, including Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Academy Award-winning actor and director Sidney Poitier and Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

Fogelin is a philosopher renowned for his studies on skepticism and his work on figurative language and informal logic. He conducts research on Hume, Berkeley and Wittgenstein. Fogelin held positions at Yale University and Pomona College before he began teaching in the Dartmouth Department of Philosophy in 1980. At Dartmouth, he received the Rommanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship in Philosophy and Robert Fish Prize for outstanding teaching and scholarship. Since his retirement in 2001, Fogelin has published three books: A Defense of Hume on Miracles (2003), Walking the Tightrope of Reason (2003) and Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Berkeley and the Principles of Human Knowledge (2001).

Wolff, a self-trained composer, concentrates on reflecting current social conditions through his music. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1971, teaching courses in music, comparative literature and classics until his retirement in 2000. In 1975 he received the Award in Music from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1996 he was awarded the John Cage Award for Music. Wolff has composed over 150 pieces and has produced 14 compact discs of his works. In 1998 he published Cues, a collection of his articles and reviews from the fields of music and classics.

Founded in 1780 by scholar-patriots including John Adams and John Hancock, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences nominates and elects members who are prominent leaders and influential thinkers of their generation. Studying the most current and challenging problems of today, the Academy functions as an independent policy research center. "Throughout its history, the Academy has convened the leading thinkers of the day to participate in projects and studies that advance the public good," said Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz. "I am confident that this distinguished class of new Fellows will continue that tradition of cherishing knowledge and shaping the future."

By INYOUNG HWANG '05

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Last Updated: 12/17/08