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Richard Allan Watson, American philosophy educator, writer. National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, 1975; fellow Center Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California, 1967-1968, 81-82, 91-92, American Council Learned Societies, 1967-1968, Princeton Center International Studies, 1975-1976, Camargo Foundation, 1995, Bogliasco Foundation, 1998.


Watson, Richard Allan was born on February 23, 1931 in New Market, Iowa, United States. Son of Roscoe Richard and Daisy Belle (Penwell) Watson.


Bachelor, University Iowa, 1953. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy,, University Iowa, 1961.

Master of Science in Geology, University Minnesota, 1959.


Watson taught philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis for forty years. He is considered one of the foremost living authorities on Descartes. He is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy for Washington University in St. Louis.

He has a degree in geology specializing in "paleoclimatology of 10,000 years ago." This involved the development of agrarian societies in the Fertile Crescent. His book, Cogito, Ergo Sum: a life of René Descartes was a travelogue in the form of following Rene Descarte's travels around Europe. It was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of its "25 Books to Remember from 2002." Mr.

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Served to 1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1953-1955. Member National Speleological Society (honorary life), American Philosophical Association, Cave Research Found. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Spelco Club de Paris (honorary life).


Married Patty Jo Andersen, July 30, 1955. 1 child, Anna Melissa.

Roscoe Richard Watson

Daisy Belle (Penwell) Watson

Patty Jo Andersen

Anna Melissa Watson