By A.I. Goldman, Jaegwon Kim
This Festschrift seeks to honor 3 hugely exceptional students within the division of Philosophy, college of Michigan: William ok. Frankena, Charles L. Stevenson, and Richard B. Brandt. each one has made major con tributions to the philosophic literature, really within the box of ethics. Michigan has been lucky in having 3 such unique and efficient ethical philosophers serving ob its school at the same time. but they stand in a protracted culture of excellence, either in the division and within the collage. allow us to hint that culture in brief. The college of Michigan opened in 184l.lts division of Literature, technological know-how, and the humanities before everything resembled a standard American collage ofthat interval, with non secular and moral indoctrination enjoying a relevant position in direction choices. but if Henry Tappan, a Presbyterian clergyman and Professor of philosophy, grew to become President in 1852, he succeeded in moving the emphasis from indoctrination to inquiry and scholarship. notwithstanding he was once disregarded for his guidelines in 1863, Tappan's efforts to set up a wide and liberal curriculum prevailed. Michigan used to be to take its position one of the major academic associations during this state, and to accomplish a world recognition as a examine heart. a number of earlier philosophers are valuable of point out right here. George Sylvester Morris, an absolute idealist, joined the dept in 1881, having served from 1870 as Chairman of the dep. of recent Languages and Literature. He assumed the Chairmanship of Philosophy in 1884.