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Memoir

Charles Leslie Stevenson
Regents' Proceedings 785

Charles L. Stevenson, Professor of Philosophy, has been on furlough status and will be retired as of May 31, 1977.

Professor Stevenson had taught for thirty years in the faculty of this university at the time when he terminated his services last spring and went on retirement furlough. He had taught a variety of courses in the Department, primarily courses on ethics and aesthetics, but he did a substantial share of the introductory teaching, instructing a large lecture course in introductory philosophy once a year.

The presence of Professor Stevenson on our staff contributed to the reputation of this Department around the world. His book, Ethics and Language, was one of the most influential books on ethics of the present century; indeed, one might say that it was the single most outstanding book on metaethics of the present century, at least until the last three or four years. Professor Stevenson also produced a large number of papers, some of which were collected together in a volume published by the Yale University Press, entitled Fact and Value. He continued his creative activities until the time of his retirement, and he is continuing them now.

Professor Stevenson contributed other services to the Department. He discharged conscientiously many committee obligations, and during two years he served as acting chairman of the Department.

The Regents now salute this distinguished scholar and teacher for his dedicated service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.