Professor Emerita Lavine Wins Philosophy Award

Posted: April 13, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Thelma Z. Lavine, Professor Emerita of Philosophy and American Culture, won the Herbert W. Schneider Award for “distinguished contributions to the understanding and development of American philosophy.” The award was presented by Beth Singer at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, of which Lavine is a founding member and past president (1992-94).

Lavine’s interests range across philosophy, psychology, history, and literature. She retired from teaching in 1998, after 12 years at George Mason University. Before coming to George Mason as one of the university’s first Robinson Professors, Lavine was Elton Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at George Washington University, where she won the Outstanding Professor Award. She also has taught at the University of Maryland, where she received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award; Brooklyn College, where she was honored as the Highest Ranked Faculty Member by student evaluation; and Wells College.

Perhaps one of Lavine’s best-known projects is her television series for college credit, From Socrates to Sartre: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. Written and presented by Lavine, the series includes 30 lectures on philosophy that have aired since 1979 on PBS, cable, and university television stations nationwide. In addition, her many articles and papers have appeared in such publications as American Behavioral Scientist and the Journal of Philosophy. She wrote the book From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest (Bantam Books), which has been translated into Japanese, as well as an introduction included in volume 16 of Collected Works of John Dewey (Southern Illinois University Press).

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