In Memoriam

  • Arthur F. Smullyan

(d. 1998)

Arthur Smullyan taught at Rutgers from 1968 until his retirement in 1982. He was chair from 1968 to 1976, a period in which the foundation was laid for the department's subsequent dramatic expansion. Smullyan primarily worked in formal epistemology and logic, especially inductive and modal. He is well-known for his article “Modality and Description”, which argues that modal paradoxes hinge on a confusion about definite descriptions.