Vere Claiborne Chappell

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Vere Claiborne Chappell
Born(1930-03-22)March 22, 1930
DiedJanuary 31, 2019(2019-01-31) (aged 88)
Alma materYale University
Spouse(s)Sheryl Chappell
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Doctoral studentsWilliam Lycan

Vere Claiborne Chappell (22 March 1930 - 28 January 2019) was an American philosopher and scholar specializing in early modern philosophy,[1] history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and action, and metaphysics.[2]

Chappell was born in Rochester, New York in 1930, receiving his PhD from Yale University in 1958.[3]

In 2008 a collection of essays was published in honor of his work.[4]

Chappell died in North Adams, Massachusetts on 28 January 2019 at the age of 88.[3]





  • The Philosophy of Mind, edited with Introduction (Prentice-Hall, 1962); new ed. (Dover, 1981).
  • The Philosophy of David Hume, edited with Introduction (Modern Library, 1963).
  • Ordinary Language, edited with Introduction (Prentice-Hall, 1964); new ed. (Dover, 1981).
  • Hume, edited with Introduction (Anchor Books, 1966).
  • Twenty-five Years of Descartes Scholarship, 1960-1984: A Bibliography, with Willis Doney (Garland, 1987).
  • Essays on Early Modern Philosophers: From Descartes and Hobbes to Newton and Leibniz, edited with Introductions. 12 Vols. (Garland, 1992).
  • The Cambridge Companion to Locke, edited with Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1994).
  • Descartes's Meditations, edited with Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).
  • Locke, edited with Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Hobbes and Bramhall on Liberty and Necessity, edited with Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1999).


  1. ^ Hoffman, P., Owen, G., and Yaffe, G. Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy. Broadview Press, 2008. ISBN 1-55111-662-6
  2. ^ UMass Philosophy - Faculty, Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Vere Chappell - Monday, January 28th, 2019". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ Paul Hoffman, David Owen, and Gideon Yaffe (Editors), Contemporary perspectives on early modern philosophy: essays in honor of Vere Chappell. Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Broadview Press, 2008; ISBN 1-55111-662-6

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