Marcus, Ruth Barcan (1921–)

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Marcus, Ruth Barcan (1921–)

American philosopher. Born Ruth Barcan in NY City, Aug 2, 1921; dau. of Samuel Barcan and Rose (Post) Barcan; New York University, BA, magna cum laude, 1941; Yale University, MA, 1942, PhD, 1946; m. Jules Marcus; children: James Spencer Marcus; Peter Webb Marcus; Katherine Hollister Marcus; Elizabeth Post Marcus.

One of the few women who began to make forays into academic philosophy in the 20th century, was research assistant at Institute for Human Relations (1945–46) and visiting professor at Northwestern University (1950–53, 1959); served as assistant and then associate professor, Roosevelt University, Chicago (1956–59, 1960–63); was professor of philosophy, University of Illinois (1964–70); was head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois (1964–68); was professor of philosophy, Northwestern University (1970–73) and Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Philosophy, Yale University (1973–1992), then emeritus.

See also Women in World History.