Henry E. Allison

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Henry E. Allison was a professor emeritus at UC San Diego, where he was previously the chair of the Department of Philosophy and on the faculty from 1973 to 1997. He was also professor emeritus at Boston University, where he had held the Findlay Chair in the Department of Philosophy in 1995 and then was a member of the faculty from 1996 until retiring in 2004. He was also professor emeritus at UC Davis. 

Allison was a renowned scholar of philosophy who specialized in Kant, Spinoza, German idealism and 18th and 19th century philosophy. He is perhaps best known for his book Kant's Transcendental Idealism: An Interpretation and Defense that was first published in 1983. Allison continued to publish and has had more than a dozen books in print, including - most recently - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Spinoza in 2022.

He received his Ph.D. from the New School of Social Research in 1964 and was a former president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association who had won the International Kant Prize and De Gruyter Kant Prize Lecturer.

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