Warren Goldfarb

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Warren David Goldfarb (born 1949) is a philosopher and mathematician with a specialization in the history of analytic philosophy and in logic, most notably his work on the classical decision problem (see his book on the subject, The decision problem: Solvable classes of quantificational formulas, with Burton Dreben).

He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is now Walter Beverly Pearson Professor of Modern Mathematics and Mathematical Logic in the Department of Philosophy. He has been on the Harvard faculty since 1975, and was tenured in 1982, the only philosopher to be promoted to tenure at Harvard between 1962 and 1999.[1]

Prof. Goldfarb is also one of the founders of the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus and was one of the first openly gay Harvard faculty members.[2][3]

Goldfarb was an editor of volumes III–V of Kurt Gödel's Collected Works. He has also published articles on important analytic philosophers, including Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein's early and later work, Carnap and Quine.[4]


  1. ^ Harvard Tenures First Philosopher in 17 Years, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 1999.
  2. ^ Who's Who: About Us, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus.
  3. ^ Gay Faculty Become Activists, Melissa Lee and Anna D. Wilde, Harvard Crimson, April 23, 1993.
  4. ^ "The Goldfarb Panel," Warren Goldfarb on Quine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tSuKAOGSY

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