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John Hardwig, Professor of Philosophy, Announces Retirement

After 10 years of service as Department Head here at UT, and a long and distinguished career as a professor of philosophy,
John Hardwig has announced his retirement effective August 1, 2010.   In addition to UT, Professor Hardwig taught philosophy at Wellesley College, Humboldt State University, Maryville College and East Tennessee State University.  He chaired the philosophy department for several years at ETSU before coming to UT to serve as head of the philosophy department here.

Professor Hardwig earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Yale University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas.  He has published important and influential papers in a wide range of fora, including Ethics, Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Clinical Ethics, Hastings Center Report, Theoretical Medicine, and American Journal
of Bioethics
.  His influential essay, "Is There a Duty to Die?" was published, along with other of his essays in bioethics, by Routledge.  While Professor Hardwig is probably known most widely for his essay "Is There a Duty to Die?" his contributions to philosophy were substantial not only in bioethics, but in epistemology, ethics and the family, and other areas of philosophy.

Perhaps his most important contribution, however, has been his more than forty years of classroom teaching and student mentoring.  Professor Hardwig brought an unmatched passion for philosophy, intellectual honesty and fearlessness, and gentle and humane manner to the classroom.  He has very positively impacted the lives of countless students over the years.

Happily, while Professor Hardwig will retire effective August 1, 2010, his relationship to the UT Department of Philosophy will remain strong and active.  In his post-retirement, Professor Hardwig will continue to teach a course a term for the next few years, and he will complete the supervision of several graduate student dissertations.  The Department is extremely pleased that Professor Hardwig will continue to contribute to the life of the department, even as he finds long overdue time to work on his tennis game.

Faculty and students join in extending a hearty "thank-you" and "congratulations" to Professor Hardwig.

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