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Ergo | Summer 2012

Richard Aquila Retires

After thirty-eight years of exemplary service and outstanding philosophical contributions, Richard Aquila, who joined the Department in 1974, will retire.

Sort of.

Aquila will continue in 2012–2013 as professor emeritus, serving one final year as Director of Graduate Studies and mentoring Jon Garthoff, who will take over that role over the course of the year. Like emeriti John Hardwig and Glenn Graber, Aquila will continue to teach a course annually for the next few years.

Over the course of his career, Aquila published three scholarly monographs, two substantial and scholarly translations, some fifty scholarly articles; and twenty-five reviews. He is a past president of the North American Kant Society and has for the last fifteen years served as a co-editor of Kantian Review, now a leading Kant journal. He has been recognized at UT as a Distinguished Professor of Humanities and a Lindsay Young Professor and has been awarded the Chancellor’s Citation for Research and Creative Achievement.

His administrative service to the department and the college is near legendary. A reliable source of sound judgment, he has served effectively as associate head for the last several years during an exciting but challenging and demanding period marked by many changes to the curriculum, programs, and personnel within the department.

The department congratulates Aquila on an outstanding career, thanks him for his many contributions, and looks forward to his continued presence in the department in his new role as professor emeritus of philosophy.


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