Eleanor Bisbee, early analytic philosopher from Istanbul.

A colleague in Boğazici, Istanbul, alerted me to the fact that an early American analytic philosopher once worked there.

Eleanor Bisbee, born in 1893 in New Jersey began her career as a philosopher in the US, studying for a PhD at the University of Cincinatti in 1929, and then working there as assistant professor and later acting chair in the Philosophy department from 1930 to 1931. Around 1931, she took up a job as Professor of philosophy at Robert College and the American College for Girls, Istanbul (Robert College is now Boğazici). She worked there till 1942, and during that time published a number of articles in analytic philosophy. 

In 1942, she returned to the US and wrote several books on Turkish politics, until her death in 1956. Her papers including correspondence are hosted at the Hoover Institution Archives in Stanford, California. Their webpage contains an inventory as well as a biography.

Eleanor Bisbee strikes me as a great candidate for the forthcoming conference on Early Analytic Women Philosophers. Note however that the deadline for abstracts is 28 July – so just a few days away!

Also, I would very much welcome a more detailed discussion of her life or work on this blog – so please get in touch (in comments) if you are interested.

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One Response to Eleanor Bisbee, early analytic philosopher from Istanbul.

  1. Sandrine Berges says:

    Reblogged this on Hesperus is Bosphorus.

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