Ian Hacking: Eminent Philosopher of Science and Lively and Provocative Writer

From a New York Times obit by Alex Williams headlined “Ian Hacking, Eminent Philosopher of Science and Much Else, Dies at 87”:

Ian Hacking, a Canadian philosopher widely hailed as a giant of modern thought for game-changing contributions to the philosophies of science, probability and mathematics, as well as his widely circulated insights on issues like race and mental health, died in Toronto.

In an academic career that included more than two decades as a professor in the philosophy department of the University of Toronto, following appointments at Cambridge and Stanford, Professor Hacking’s intellectual scope seemed to know no bounds. Because of his ability to span multiple academic fields, he was often described as a bridge builder.