Department Chair:
Katherine Thomson-Jones

Administrative Assistant:
Karen Barnes

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8390
Fax: 440 775 8084

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Philosophy Emeritus Faculty

Philosophy Emeritus Faculty

Robert Henry Grimm 
Professor Emeritus (1965)
B.A., University of Miami, 1956
M.A., Duke University, 1959
Ph.D., Duke University, 1963

Mr. Grimm retired from teaching in 2000. He regularly taught courses in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Theory of Knowledge, as well as advanced seminars. He has published essays in philosophy journals and edited or co-edited several volumes of proceedings of the Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy. His research is on issues that cut across Metaphysics, Theory of Knowledge, and Philosophy of Mind. He also has taught at the University of Iowa and at the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, and has served as Director of the GLCA Program in Jerusalem.



Alfred Farnum MacKay 
Professor Emeritus (1967)
B.A., Davidson College, 1960
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967

Mr. MacKay retired from teaching in 2011. He taught courses in problems of philosophy, introduction to philosophy, philosophy of language, ethical theory, modern philosophy, British Empiricism, and seminars in Hume, Moore, Sidgwick, Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy, and social choice theory. In addition to articles in philosophy journals he published Arrow's Theorem: The Paradox of Social Choice: A Case Study in the Philosophy of Economics in 1980. He also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1984 to 1995, and Provost from 2005 to 2008.



Daniel Davy Merrill
Professor Emeritus (1962)
B.A., Princeton University, 1954
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1958
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1962

Mr. Merrill retired from teaching in 1998. He has published essays in journals in philosophy and logic, and contributed to scholarship on Charles S. Peirce, and co-edited a number of volumes of proceedings of the Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy. He published Augustus De Morgan and the Logic of Relations in 1990. He also served as Associate Dean in Oberlin's College of Arts and Sciences from 1970 to 1973.



Ira Sherman Steinberg
Professor Emeritus (1961)
B.A., Brandeis University, 1954
Ed.M., Boston University, 1959
Ed.D., Harvard University, 1963

Mr. Steinberg retired from teaching in 1998. He taught in Oberlin's Department of Education as well as the Department of Philosophy, and he also served in a number of administrative positions, including Associate Dean in Oberlin's College of Arts and Sciences during 1987-1995. His essays have appeared in journals in philosophy of education and psychology. His books include Educational Myths and Realities: Philosophical Essays on Education, Politics, and the Science of Behavior (1968), Ralph Barton Perry on Education for Democracy (1970), Behaviorism and Schooling (1980), and The New Lost Generation: Population and Public Policy (1982).