Bruce Aune was educated at UCLA and the University of Minnesota. In 1960 he began his teaching career at Oberlin College but soon was invited to join the new department of philosophy being formed at the University of Pittsburg. In 1966 he left Pitt for UMass, having been recruited by the Dean of Arts and Sciences to develop a highly ranked philosophy department for this university. He began appointing faculty that fall and eleven years later an outside team of distinguished philosophers appointed by the university administration judged the resulting department to be “among the top eight or nine” in the country.” Aune resigned as Head in 1971 to devote himself to full-time teaching and writing. After 35 tears of service at UMass, he retired in 2001 and now occupies himself mainly by reading, writing, landscaping, and gardening.
Distinguished Professor (Emerita) in Philosophy, Lynne Rudder Baker is the author of six books: Saving Belief: A Critique of Physicalism (Princeton UP, 1987), Explaining Attitudes: A Practical Approach to the Mind (Cambridge UP, 1995), Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View (Cambridge UP, 2000), The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism (Cambridge UP 2007), and Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective (Oxford UP, 2013).
Fred Feldman completed his graduate work in philosophy at Brown University in 1968. His doctoral dissertation – directed by Roderick Chisholm – was on the concept of identity. He was a member of the UMass Philosophy Department at from 1969 until his retirement in 2014. He served as Graduate Program Director for 26 years.
Barbara Partee’s research and teaching interests center on formal semantics and its connections with syntax, pragmatics, and logic, and on related issues in the philosophy of language and in cognitive science. For more information, including online papers, see her personal website.
Robert Sleigh majored in philosophy at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1954. He studied philosophy at Brown University, completing a Ph.D in philosophy in 1963.
He taught at Wayne State University from 1958 through 1969 and at University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 1969 through 2000. His early work concerned epistemic logic—see, for example, ‘Restricted range in epistemic logic’, The Journal of Philosophy, (1972: 67-77.) Most of his career was spent working on the philosophy of Leibniz—see, for example, Leibniz and Arnauld: A commentary on their correspondence (Yale University Press, 1990), and G.W. Leibniz, Confessio Philosophi: Papers concerning the problem of evil, 1671-1678, translated with introduction by Sleigh with contributions from Stam and Look (Yale University Press, 2005).
He remains active in Leibniz scholarship, currently preparing a new translation with commentary of Leibniz’s Theodicy with Sean Greenberg, to be published by Oxford University Press.