Dilman, Ilham 1930-2003

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DILMAN, Ilham 1930-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born November 4, 1930, in Turkey; died of cancer January 17, 2003, in Istanbul, Turkey. Philosopher, educator, and author. During his long tenure as a professor at what is now the University College of Swansea, Wales beginning in 1961, Dilman wrote nearly twenty books on philosophy, human nature, and matters of morality. Many of his works are critical analyses of prominent philosophers, such as the early Induction and Deduction: A Study in Wittgenstein and Wittgenstein's Copernican Revolution: The Question of Linguistic Idealism, published in 2001. It has been reported that Dilman's own philosophy draws heavily upon the theory of Wittgenstein. One of the early titles to earn Dilman a measure of critical appreciation was his study Freud and Human Nature, which became the first volume of a well-received trilogy on Freud. Dilman was an admirer of fine literature, and several of his books apply his philosophical perspective to enduring literary figures and the characters they created. These include Raskolnikov's Rebirth: Psychology and the Understanding of Good and Evil. Dilman also studied the human condition in works like Love and Human Separateness and Free Will: An Historical and Philosophical Introduction. In addition to his teaching in Swansea, Dilman also taught briefly at the University of California in Santa Barbara and the University of Hull in England, and he lectured at Turkish universities.



Times (London, England), February 11, 2003, p. 29.