Hendel, Charles William


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Charles W. Hendel was born on 16 December 1890 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and died on 12 November 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Princeton University (B.Litt. 1913); Marburg University in Germany (1913–14); Collège de France (1914); and returned to Princeton (PhD in philosophy 1917). He served in the United States Army Infantry as second lieutenant in 1917–18. His first academic positions were at Princeton Preparatory School (1919), and as instructor in philosophy at Williams College (1919–20). Hendel then was assistant professor (1920–26) and associate professor (1926–9) at Princeton University. He went to McGill University to become MacDonald Professor of Moral Philosophy and chair in 1929, and also was dean of the faculty of arts and sciences during 1937–40. He moved to Yale University to be professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics in 1940 and chaired the department from 1940 to 1945. His title at Yale was Clarke Professor of Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics from 1943 until his retirement in 1959. Among his honors were the Gifford Lectureship in natural theology at University of Glasgow in 1962–3, President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 1940–41, and President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy in 1959–61. He was awarded the William C. DeVane medal, Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and an honorary MA from Yale in 1940.


From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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