Friday, June 17, 2011

Todd Bates

Todd Bates, a philosophy professor at Bethune-Cookman University (in Florida), died on June 14. He was 42, which is far too young. He blogged at The Anglican Scotist, and in fact the last post there was just a few days before the brain aneurism that led to his death. He recently published a book on Duns Scotus.


  1. Leo Carton Mollica6:25 PM

    Thank you for the unfortunate information.  I'll keep him in my prayers.

    Do you recommend the book?

  2. branemrys6:42 PM

    I have not had a chance to read it. Its NDPR review was pretty negative, but as the book is an adaptation of a dissertation, it's always possible that any problems with it are merely due to incompleteness -- dissertations are always only first steps, and even dissertations revised for publication have to be read with the understanding that they won't be doing more than laying out first steps of a larger research project (and reviewers do not always keep that in mind, reading books as if they were all for the purpose of answering questions rather than, as some are, laying out the background so that new questions can be formulated) -- and people are, unfortunately, pushed very hard these days to rush something into publication shortly after their dissertation, allowing insufficient time for more cosmetic improvements. So I would hesitate to make any prejudgments on the basis of a single review.

  3. branemrys6:45 PM

    Also, keep his family in your prayers; he has a wife (also a philosopher professor) and two children.

  4. That review was pretty harsh.

  5. On further investigation, that harsh review was written by Lloyd Newton, who is currently preparing an English translation of Scotus' questions on the Categories, an early version of which was in turn harshly reviewed by Gyula here (I assume it's Gyula, it's in his files).


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