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Release: Jan. 22, 2003
Fumerton named F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy
Richard Fumerton, a professor of philosophy in the
University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named F.
Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy, Linda Maxson, dean of the college,
announced this month.
Fumerton has published extensively in three of the major fields of philosophy:
epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. His work on foundationalism in particular
has developed a significant following among epistemologists, and several
of his publications are considered indispensable to philosophers around the
world. He is the author of four highly regarded books, the most recent being
Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth, published in 2002. An outstanding
teacher and mentor, he has received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
(1997), as well as the Collegiate Teaching Award (1996) and the M. L. Huit
Award for contributions to university and community life (1994). He has served
on numerous collegiate committees, including the Executive Committee and
the Educational Policy Committee, and he was chairman of the philosophy department
from 1988 to 1996.
“Richard's contributions to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences--and
to the university as a whole--place him among our most talented, generous
and distinguished faculty," Maxson said. "I am extraordinarily
pleased that the university and college are recognizing his achievements
with this honor.”
Miller professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm
manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the
bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement
of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the
Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between
ISU and the UI.