University of Pittsburgh
October 15, 2000


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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 13 -- Robert B. Brandom, University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is among 154 Fellows selected.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Brandom, who has been with the University since 1976, will be formally inducted as a member of the Academy in a ceremony at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A Fellow in Pitt's Center for the Philosophy of Science, Brandom has served as chairman of the University's philosophy department; chair of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Humanities Council; a member of the College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum Review Committee, Humanities; and the Academic Integrity Review Board.

Brandom received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University where he was both a Whiting and a Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow.

The Academy, founded in 1780 by John Adams and other leaders of the young republic, was created as a learned society to "cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people." For more than two centuries, the Academy has brought together our country's leading figures from universities, government, business, and the creative arts to exchange ideas and promote knowledge in the public interest.

This year's inductees join a distinguished membership of approximately 4,000 Fellows nationwide, including 160 Nobel laureates and 65 Pulitzer Prize winners, who have been recognized for their contributions to sciences, scholarship, public affairs, and the arts.