Marvin Farber

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Marvin Farber
Born(1901-12-14)December 14, 1901
DiedNovember 24, 1980(1980-11-24) (aged 78)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Buffalo
Academic advisorsEdmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Heinrich Rickert, Ernst Zermelo
Notable studentsWilfrid Sellars
Main interests

Marvin Farber (December 14, 1901 – November 24, 1980) was an American philosopher and educator.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Buffalo, New York to Jewish parents Simon and Matilda (Goldstein) Farber.[1] He was the second oldest of their 14 children.[1] One of his brothers was pathologist and cancer researcher Sidney Farber.

Initially a music student at the University of Buffalo, but he transferred in 1920 to Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude with his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1922.[2] He earned his Ph.D. in 1925 at Harvard.[2][1] He also attended German universities of Berlin, Heidelberg, and Freiburg, studying under Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Heinrich Rickert, and Ernst Zermelo, among others.[2]


Farber taught for a year at Ohio State University between his studies in Germany.[1] He then taught at his initial alma mater, the University at Buffalo, from 1927-1961 and 1964-1974;[2] during the interim, he was Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.[1] After his first year at University of Buffalo, he was appointed Assistant Professor.[1] He founded the journal Philosophy and Phenomenological Research in 1940 and was its editor until 1980. He was Chairman of the Department of Philosophy from 1937 to 1961. He was designated Professor Emeritus in 1974 and retired in 1977.[2]

Personal life and demise[edit]

He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota after months of serious illness.[1] He was survived by his loving wife Lorraine and three children, Lawrence, Roger and Carol.

Honors and awards[edit]


  • Naturalism and Subjectivism, 1959 ISBN 0-87395-036-4
  • Phenomenology and Existence: Toward a Philosophy within Nature, 1967. ISBN 0-06-131295-9
  • The Search for an Alternative: Philosophical Perspectives of Subjectivism and Marxism, 1984. ISBN 0-8122-7921-2
  • The Foundation of Phenomenology: Edmund Husserl and the Quest for a Rigorous Science of Philosophy, 2006. ISBN 0-202-30853-7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cho, Kah Kyung; Rose, Lynn E. (September 1981). "Obituary: Marvin Farber (1901-1980)". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. International Phenomenological Society. 42 (1): 1–4. JSTOR 2107539.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Biographical Note in Finding Aid for the Marvin Farber Papers, Professor of Philosophy and Phenomenology, circa 1920-1980: 22/5F/768". State University of New York at Buffalo. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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