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William Kennick H1962

William Kennick was interviewed by Alexander George on February 21, 2003.  Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request

William E. Kennick, the College's G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, retired from the faculty in 1993 after thirty-seven years of teaching at Amherst.  He taught the standard courses in the history of philosophy, as well as aesthetics, metaphysics, and a seminar on Wittgenstein.  In 2005, a reading room in the Philosophy Department was named in his honor.

Alexander George, Professor of Philosophy, came to Amherst College in 1988.  He teaches classes in logic and philosophy of science, as well as philosophy of language and mathematics.  In 2006, working with the Library, he was a leader in establishing the Amherst Lecture in Philosophy which brings a distinguished philosopher to campus and publishes the lecture and related materials on the internet.

  • Kennick describes "the new curriculum":


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  • Kennick talks about the Amherst College Library:


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  • Kennick says the Vietnam War demoralized Amherst:


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