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Philosophy educator

Isaac Levi, American philosophy educator. Fulbright scholar, 1966-1967; Guggenheim fellow, 1966-1967; National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1979-1980. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences; member American Association of University Professors, American Philos.Assn., Philosophy of Science Association, British Society Philosophy of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon.

Background

Levi, Isaac was born on June 30, 1930 in New York City. Son of Eliezer Asher and Eva (Lunenfeld) Levi.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1951; student, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1947-1952; Master of Arts, Columbia, 1953; Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia, 1957; Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, Lund U., 1988.

Career

He is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Columbia University. Levi came onto the philosophic scene with his groundbreaking first book, Gambling with Truth. In the text Levi offers a decision theoretic reconstruction of epistemology with a close-eye towards the classical pragmatist philosophers like William James and Charles Sanders Peirce.

Levi is known for his pioneering work in belief revision and imprecise probability. Levi is one of several doctoral students of Ernest Nagel who were influential in American post-war philosophy. Others were Morton White, Patrick Suppes, Henry Kyburg, and Sidney Morgenbesser.

Levi also served as doctoral advisor to prominent formal philosophers, including Horacio Arló-Costa and Teddy Seidenfeld. There is a rich literature of debate between Kyburg and Levi on topics in what has come to be known as formal epistemology.

Works

Membership

Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member American Association of University Professors, American Philos.Assn., Philosophy of Science Association, British Society Philosophy of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon.

Connections

Married Judith S. Rubins, December 25, 1951. Children: Jonathan Abram, David Isser.

father:
Eliezer Asher Levi

mother:
Eva (Lunenfeld) Levi

spouse:
Judith S. Rubins

children:
Jonathan Abram Levi

David Isser Levi