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Paul Weiss at 100

A century of metaphysics

Jun 4, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 36 • By WILLIAM DESMOND
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Paul Weiss continues to think, to talk, and to write. Among his students and friends, it is rumored that he is close to completing yet another book, this time on the philosophical significance of "surrogates," again an intriguing subject. We wait to see what will come of his investigations, but we know there is one place where surrogates cannot satisfy: in a life lived in dedication to the vocation of being a philosopher. On his hundredth birthday, one can say of Paul Weiss that the philosopher of surrogates has no philosophical surrogate.

A former president of the Metaphysical Society of America, William Desmond is professor of philosophy and director of the international program in philosophy at the University of Leuven in Belgium. His most recent book is Ethics and the Between (SUNY Press).