This is the terrible news from back home:
“Dr. James Bradley, head of the Faculty of Arts’ philosophy department, passed away on Thursday May 17, 2012 after a long illness.
Originally from Liverpool, Dr. Bradley was educated at Cambridge University where he received his PhD in 1983. He was a Humboldt Fellow in philosophy at the University of Munich and also taught in Cambridge’s faculties of divinity and philosophy prior to arriving at Memorial as a visiting professor in 1986.
His areas of specialization were Idealism, Process Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Time, and Kant.
Dr. Bradley joined the Faculty of Arts full time in 1988 and had been head of the philosophy department since 2003.
His social nature and passionate belief in the value of a liberal arts education will be sorely missed by students, staff and fellow faculty members.”
That last part can’t capture the full it: I have met few, if any colleagues, in academia with his kind of intellect and passion that people had for discussion with him. His diagnosis of cancer this past December had shaken the department and our university.
But until the end, Jim was doing what he loved best: having nearly nightly soirees and philosophical discussions, even hosting our weekly Jockeys at his house.
He was the center of our department for so long; he will be terribly missed. But the legacy he leaves academically–a posthumous collection of his papers (which are some of the best stuff you’ll read in metaphysics) is planned–as well as the wide influence in our intellectual community will abide.
A funeral will take place at the Basilica on Monday at 9:30 am in St. John’s.