Professor Peter Goldie
Former Lecturer/Reader in Philosophy (KCL 1998-2005)
We are very sad to report that Professor Peter Goldie died of cancer on 22 October 2011 after a brief illness. Peter Goldie was a Lecturer in this Department from 1998 to 2003 and then Reader until 2005, when he left to take up the Samuel Hall Chair at the University of Manchester. He retained a connection with our Department, and was still a Visiting Professor here at the time of his death.
Philosophy was Peter Goldie’s second career. Before training as a philosopher he spent twenty-five years in the City of London, culminating as the Chief Executive Officer of a public company listed in the FTSE 100. In 1990 he switched direction, studying for a BA at University College London, and then a BPhil and DPhil in Oxford.
He first became well-known for his monograph The Emotions 2000. On Personality followed in 2004, as well as a number of edited works in ethics, aesthetics and the philosophy of mind. Shortly before he died he sent his publishers the final typescript of his book The Mess Inside: Narrative, Emotion and the Mind. He was also pleased last week to see advance copies of two collections he recently jointly edited, on Empathy and on The Aesthetic Mind.
Peter had a distinctive philosophical voice and range of interests. His death is a great loss to philosophy and his many friends.
There will be a Memorial Concert in his memory on Wednesday 2 November at 6.00pm at St Stephen’s Church Westbourne Park Road London W2 5QT, followed by a reception.