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Adrienne Koch

(1912—1971)


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Adrienne Koch was born on 10 September 1912 in New York City, and died there on 21 August 1971. She received her undergraduate education at New York University, earning her BA in 1933. She then received her MA in 1934 and PhD in philosophy in 1942 from Columbia University. Her dissertation on “The Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson” was written under the mentorship of Herbert W. Schneider, and won the Woodbridge Prize for best dissertation. Although trained as a philosopher, Koch gained recognition as a historian. However, Koch's research interests cannot be presented as initially philosophical and later historical. Koch's lifelong work between philosophy and history reflects the following central belief that guided her research: American political philosophy is inextricably bound to the study of the political writings and correspondences of America's founding statesmen whom Koch consistently dubs “philosopher-statesmen.”

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From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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