Philosopher Peter Caws

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Peter as a toddler

Professor Peter J. Caws


Peter Caws was born in 1931 in Southall, Middlesex, now part of west London, in a house that can still be seen from the train between Heathrow and Paddington.  He was brought up in a strict fundamentalist sect, the Exclusive Brethren.   After a first degree in physics from the University of London he escaped to the United States, where a one-year fellowship at Yale grew into a doctorate in philosophy. This led to a long academic career - Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, the City University of New York (Hunter College and the Graduate School) - except for some years as an officer of a major foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York. Since 1982 he has been University Professor of Philosophy, and is now also Professor of Human Sciences, at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  He has been married twice and has three children, Hilary Caws-Elwitt, Matthew Rorison Caws, and Elisabeth Breslin Caws. His wife, Nancy Breslin, M.D., M.F.A., is a psychiatrist turned fine art photographer.  She also designs web pages (like this one - any concealed whimsy on the site is due to her).