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Rosamond Kent Sprague passes away

Rosamond Kent Sprague, professor emerita of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, has died at 100. 

Professor Sprague was known for her work in ancient Greek philosophy, writing mainly on works by Plato and Aristotle, and occasionally other figures. Her interests in the ancients were broad, ranging from logic to literary form to causation to education, and she had a talent for finding particularly interesting topics to write about, such as the metaphysics of multiple births, the metaphysics of sleep, and Aristotle’s “red mirrors.” She is the author of Plato’s Use of Fallacy: A Study of the Euthydemus and some other Dialogues and Plato’s Philosopher-King: A study of the Theoretical Background, as well as several translations, such as Plato’s Laches, Charmides, and Euthydemus, and the Dissoi-Logoi, an anonymous sophistic treatise. You can view a list of some of her works here

Professor Sprague joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1965, retiring in 2008. In 1953 she co-founded the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy. In 1993 the Department of Philosophy at South Carolina created a lecture series in her honor, and over the years many luminaries in ancient philosophy delivered the annual Rosamond Kent Sprague Lecture in Ancient Philosophy.

In 1947, at the meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, she gave a lecture (later published in 1949 in The Personalist, the predecessor of Pacific Philosophical Quarterly) entitled, “Must Philosophers Be Obscure?” She answered “no,”  You can read her lecture here.

Memorial service information and obituary is here. Justin Weinberg's article from Daily Nous, on which this is based, is here. There will be a Philosophy Department hosted memorial at Rutledge Chapel on October 21.   

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