Lewis White Beck

Lewis White Beck

Lewis White Beck (September 26, 1913 – June 7, 1997) was an American philosopher and scholar of German philosophy. Beck was Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at the University of Rochester and served as the Philosophy Department chair there from 1949 to 1966. He translated several of Immanuel Kant's works, including the Critique of Practical Reason, and was the author of Studies in the Philosophy of Kant (1965).


  • Biography 1
  • Selected publications 2
    • Books 2.1
    • Translations 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Born in Emory University in 1934, his master's degree from Duke University in 1935, and his doctoral degree from Duke University in 1937.

Before moving to Rochester, he was a Fellow at the University of Berlin (1937–38), an instructor at Emory University (1938–41), assistant professor at the University of Delaware (1941–46), and associate professor at Lehigh University (1946–48), eventually becoming professor (1948–49). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1963.[1]

He retired in 1979 and died at age 83 in Rochester, New York.

Selected publications


  • Philosophic Inquiry: An Introduction to Philosophy (1952)
  • A Commentary on Kant's Critique of Practical Reason (1961)
  • Six Secular Philosophers (1966)
  • Early German Philosophy: Kant and His Predecessors (1969)
  • The Actor and the Spectator (1975)
  • Essays on Kant and Hume (1978)


  • Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Present Itself as a Science
  • Kant's Critique of Practical Reason
  • Kant's The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals

See also


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 

External links

  • "Philosopher, Scholar Lewis White Beck Dies" - University of Rochester press release.
  • Early German PhilosophyThe contingent cathedral: notes on Lewis White Beck’s - Notes on, quotations from and summary of Beck's Early German Philosophy