Susan Hurley

I was saddened to learn of the death of Susan Hurley today. Here is Alexander Bird’s announcement:

I am very sorry to inform you of the death last night of Professor Susan Hurley. Susan had been suffering from cancer for some time and faced her illness with remarkable dignity. She continued to work until very recently, hosting an international conference at Bristol only five weeks ago. Colleagues here in Bristol and throughout the world will know what an inspiration she was to work with and that although her contribution to several and diverse fields of philosophy was already invaluable, she had much more to offer yet.

As a great admirer of Susan’s work particularly her work on extended cognition, I asked her to contribute to the extended mind project I was working on. I was thrilled by her so graciously accepting the invitation. Though she did qualify that her participation was contingent upon the status of her long-term health, I inferred a sense of optimism in her telling me that “I’m pretty confident something just right for this will emerge within your time frame. I’d like to be part of it.”

We have lost one of the finest philosophers of mind (Susan also distinguished herself in political philosophy).