Vere Claiborne Chappell

Vere Claiborne Chappell (22 March 1930 - 28 January 2019) was an American philosopher and scholar specializing in early modern philosophy,[1] history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and action, and metaphysics.[2]

Vere Claiborne Chappell
Born(1930-03-22)March 22, 1930
DiedJanuary 31, 2019(2019-01-31) (aged 88)
Alma materYale University
Spouse(s)Sheryl Chappell
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Doctoral studentsWilliam Lycan

Chappell was born in Rochester, New York in 1930, receiving his PhD from Yale University in 1958.[3]

In 2008 a collection of essays was published in honor of his work.[4]

Chappell died in North Adams, Massachusetts on 28 January 2019 at the age of 88.[3]





  • The Philosophy of Mind, edited with Introduction (Prentice-Hall, 1962); new ed. (Dover, 1981).
  • The Philosophy of David Hume, edited with Introduction (Modern Library, 1963).
  • Ordinary Language, edited with Introduction (Prentice-Hall, 1964); new ed. (Dover, 1981).
  • Hume, edited with Introduction (Anchor Books, 1966).
  • Twenty-five Years of Descartes Scholarship, 1960-1984: A Bibliography, with Willis Doney (Garland, 1987).
  • Essays on Early Modern Philosophers: From Descartes and Hobbes to Newton and Leibniz, edited with Introductions. 12 Vols. (Garland, 1992).
  • The Cambridge Companion to Locke, edited with Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1994).
  • Descartes's Meditations, edited with Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).
  • Locke, edited with Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Hobbes and Bramhall on Liberty and Necessity, edited with Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1999).


  1. ^ Hoffman, P., Owen, G., and Yaffe, G. Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy. Broadview Press, 2008. ISBN 1-55111-662-6
  2. ^ UMass Philosophy - Faculty, Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Vere Chappell - Monday, January 28th, 2019". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ Paul Hoffman, David Owen, and Gideon Yaffe (Editors), Contemporary perspectives on early modern philosophy: essays in honor of Vere Chappell. Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Broadview Press, 2008; ISBN 1-55111-662-6

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