Weirich, Paul 1946–

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Weirich, Paul 1946–


Born September 30, 1946, in Chicago, IL; son of Edward (a printer) and Irene (a secretary) Weirich; married Michele Prost (a dietitian), August 10, 1968; children: Corinne Weirich La Mendola, Sonia. Ethnicity: "White." Education: St. Louis University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1968; University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., 1977.


Home—Columbia, MO. Office—Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri—Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211. E-mail—[email protected].


University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, 1977-78; University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, instructor, 1978-80, assistant professor of philosophy, 1980-87; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, assistant professor of philosophy, 1987-88; University of Missouri—Columbia, Columbia, associate professor, 1988-97, professor of philosophy, 1997—, department head, 1999-2002, and affiliated faculty member, Missouri Institute of Public Policy. Guest lecturer at colleges and universities, including University of California, Berkeley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bowling Green State University, University of Paris VI, University of Oklahoma, and University of Kansas.


American Philosophical Association, Philosophy of Science Association, Phi Beta Kappa.


Mellon fellow, 1978-80, 1985-86; Lilly fellow, 1981-82; fellow of National Science Foundation, 1988; grant for France, American Council of Learned Societies, 1989.


Equilibrium and Rationality: Game Theory Revised by Decision Rules, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1998.

Decision Space: Multidimensional Utility Analysis, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2001.

Realistic Decision Theory: Rules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal Circumstances, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2004.

(Editor) Genetically Modified Food: The Philosophical and Legal Debate, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2007.

Contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals, including Philosophy of Science, Journal of Philosophy, Theory and Decision, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Noûs, and American Philosophical Quarterly.


Paul Weirich once told CA: "I write to explore philosophical ideas about rationality. Contemporary philosophical decision theory influences my work. I write several drafts, seeking greater and greater precision. Comments from colleagues suggest improvements. I write about rationality because it is an important component of a good life."