Richard Watson (philosopher)

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Richard A. Watson
Born (1931-02-23) 23 February 1931 (age 87)[1]
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
Main interests
History of philosophy

Richard A. Watson (born 1931) is an American philosopher, speleologist and author.

Watson taught philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis for forty years. He is considered one of the foremost living authorities on Descartes.[2][3] He is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy for Washington University in St. Louis.[4]

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.[5] From July 1965 to July 1967, he was president of the Cave Research Foundation.[6]

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."[5]


Richard A. Watson's publications include the following books and articles:



  1. ^ Richard A. Watson's Biography at the website.
  2. ^ Brothers Judd reviews.
  3. ^ a b Watson, Richard A. (31 March 2012). "René Descartes". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Richard Watson Emeritus Professor of Philosophy". Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Watson, Richard (March 31, 2012). "Autobiography". 
  6. ^ Brucker, Roger W.; Watson, Richard A. (1987) [1st pub. 1976 New York: Knopf]. The Longest Cave. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. p. 198. ISBN 0809313219. 
  7. ^ Cogito, Ergo, Sum at Google Books. Retrieved 27 July 2010.  See book back cover.
  8. ^ For reviews, see:
  9. ^ A reissue of the Humanities Press Edition of 1987.
  10. ^ A section on Berkeley in R.A.Watson's book "The breakdown of Cartesian metaphysics" constitutes a revised and completed variant of this paper.


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