Cora Diamond, a distinguished philosopher, will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago. Diamond has produced groundbreaking work in three major areas: the philosophical foundations of logic; the interpretation of 20th-century Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein; and the ethical treatment of animals. She also has produced important work on gender studies, literary theory and care ethics. 

The Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of Virginia, Diamond’s scholarship has joined these disparate subjects together in ways that illuminate the contributions that philosophy can make to the broader culture. She also has shaped the trajectory of philosophical scholarship around the world: Her work has been collected and published in multiple languages, and entire essay collections and conferences have been devoted to discussions of her work in moral philosophy.  

Diamond has been an author, editor or contributor to 10 books—including works in Italian, French and German—and more than 100 journal articles and essays, with others forthcoming. Her most recent book is Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going on to Ethics (2019). She is a member of the American Philosophical Society.

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