William W. Tait

William Walker Tait (born 1929) is an emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, where he served as a faculty member from 1972 to 1996, and as department chair from 1981 to 1987.

Education and career

Tait received his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1952, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1958. Prior to teaching at Chicago he held positions at Stanford University from 1958 to 1964, the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1965 to 1971, and the University of Aarhus from 1971 to 1972. In 1966 he signed a tax resistance vow to protest the Vietnam War.[1] In 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2][3]


  • Early analytic philosophy : Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein : essays in honor of Leonard Linsky / edited by William W. Tait. Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, c1997. vii, 291 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ISBN 0-8126-9343-4 (cloth : alk. paper), ISBN 0-8126-9344-2 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Tait, William W. The provenance of pure reason : essays in the philosophy of mathematics and its history / William Tait. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005. viii, 332 p. : ill., ; 25 cm. ISBN 0-19-514192-X
  • William W. Tait (1967). "Intensional interpretation of functionals of finite type I". Journal of Symbolic Logic. 32: 198–212. doi:10.2307/2271658.

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