In Memoriam

  • Portrait
  • Renee Weber


Renee Weber spent her entire career at Rutgers, from 1964-1996. She was the first woman to be tenured in the Rutgers College department (1971), and was awarded the college’s Outstanding Teacher award in 1979. She had deep interests in existentialism, Asian philosophies, and mysticism in a department with wide enthusiasm for analytical philosophy. In the introduction to “Dialogues with Scientists and Sages” (which includes in-depth, personal conversations with such figures as Stephen Hawking and the Dalai Lama), she wrote: “Sometimes, listening to my colleagues talking about philosophy in the measured and modest way of doing American philosophy - taking on small problems that lend themselves to solution - I realize that I am a maverick, for I can settle for nothing less than the whole.”