[FOM] Memorial announcement of the passing of Dr Irving H. Anellis.[from Steven Ericsson-Zenith]

Steven Ericsson-Zenith martin at eipye.com
Tue Jul 16 01:03:48 EDT 2013

Dear List,

I am very, very, sad to hear the news of the passing of Irving Anellis.

Irving was a wonderful historian of logic and 
mathematics, a warm and open scholar who never 
failed to provide exceptional, thorough, and 
imaginative analysis. His papers are certainly 
among the most comprehensive and insightful in the field.

His scholarship and interest in Peirce studies 
built one of only a few bridges between the 
contemporary community of logicians, in which 
Peirce is too rarely considered, and the 
marginalized work of Charles Peirce. He sought to 
repair the neglect of Peirce by his peers and his teachers.

Today we have lost a most valuable colleague. 
Personally I regret that I have so many more 
questions that I should like to ask of him. He 
was a wonderful colleague and resource.

Best regards,

	Dr. Steven Ericsson-Zenith
	Institute for Advanced Science & Engineering

On Jul 15, 2013, at 6:22 PM, Gary Richmond <gary.richmond at gmail.com> wrote:

 > List,
 > I have just learned from Nathan Houser that 
Dr. Irving H. Anellis passed away.today, possibly 
from a heart attack. Nathan found him on the 
floor in his home when he went to pick him up for 
an appointment this morning. He asked that I post 
this memorial announcement written by André De Tienne.
 > I am deeply saddened by Dr. Anellis' passing 
and have no words now to express exactly what a 
loss to the Peirce community I consider his passing to be.
 > Best,
 > Gary
 > From: De Tienne, Andre
 > Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 3:38 PM
 > To: De Tienne, Andre
 > Subject: Irving H. Anellis, 1946-2013
 > Dear Colleagues,
 > It is with great sadness that I announce that 
Dr. Irving H. Anellis, a long-time Contributing 
Editor and  Visiting Research Associate of the 
Peirce Edition Project in the Institute for 
American Thought, has just passed away. Dr. 
Anellis became a Contributing Editor for logic 
and mathematics in 1989, and a Visiting Research 
Associate in 2008 after he moved from Fort Dodge, 
Iowa to Indianapolis, Indiana. He taught 
“Intermediate Symbolic Logic” and “Advanced 
Symbolic Logic” at IUPUI during the Fall of 2009.
 > With his passing we have lost one of the 
nation's preeminent historians of logic and 
mathematics. Dr. Anellis received his Ph.D. in 
philosophy from Brandeis University in 1977 with 
a dissertation on "Ontological Commitment in 
Ideal Languages: Semantic Interpretations for 
Logical Positivism." Since then, he built his 
reputation through a life entirely dedicated to 
scholarship. We owe him more than 430 
publications, among which four books (including 
his 1994 Jean van Heijenoort: Logic and Its 
History in the Work and Writings of Jean van 
Heijenoort, and his 2006 Evaluating Bertrand 
Russell, the Logician and His Work); and 103 
articles on the history of logic, 211 reviews, 
abstracts, or notes, 36 edited works, and 78 
pieces on subjects as varied as psychology, 
philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, 
cognitive sciences, mental health, Soviet 
philosophy, history of science, Russian and 
Soviet history and culture. A student of 
historian of logic Jean van Heijenoort, Anellis's 
early research centered on mathematical logic, in 
particular in proof theory and metamathematics, 
and on applications of logic to algebraic 
structures, including Boolean algebras and group 
theory. His recent historical research focused on 
the work of Bertrand Russell in set theory and 
logic and of Charles Sanders Peirce in algebra 
and algebraic logic; on the history of proof 
theory, especially regarding the roles of the 
Löwenheim-Skolem Theorem and Herbrand’s 
Fundamental Theorem; and on the history of logic 
and mathematics in Russia. Dr. Anellis was also 
much interested in applications of mathematics in 
linguistics, psychology, education, and in the 
logic of mental acts, the logical formalization 
of intentionality, and the logic and algebra of 
neural networks. His philosophical interests 
encompassed the philosophy of logic and of 
mathematics, Austrian realism, phenomenology, and 
logical positivism. He was the founding editor of 
the journalModern Logic, served as a reviewer or 
referee for numerous journals, and as a 
contributor to several academic societies or 
commissions, including most recently the advisory 
board of the Hilbert-Bernays Project.
 > Irving Anellis was a modest and delightful 
person, sweet and humorous. His was a life of 
service to knowledge, and the Peirce Project has 
immensely benefited from his encyclopedic mind. 
Over the last few years Anellis wrote hundreds of 
detailed annotations for our volume 11, which 
will contain the 22 chapters of Peirce's 
unpublished masterpiece, "How to Reason: A 
Critick of Arguments" (1894). Anellis was far 
from finished with this painstaking work, but the 
legacy he leaves us will make of this volume a 
monument to his prodigious mastery of the entire 
history of logic. He was also working on numerous 
other projects, including his long-planned magnum 
opus, "From Algebraic Logic to Logistic," which 
was to be a summation of his work in the history 
of logic, and a special essay on "The History and 
Development of Mathematical Logic, from Descartes 
and Leibniz to the Present," to be published in 
the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, UNESCO.
 > One of Irving's favorite sayings was Peirce's 
remark, "One's special knowledge of logic can be 
a painful cross to bear but duty demands that you 
fulfill your calling." Irving bore such a cross 
and fulfilled its duty with admirable resilience 
and simple grace. We shall long remain in his debt.
 > André De Tienne
 > Director and General Editor, Peirce Edition Project
 > ***************************************************
 > André De Tienne
 > Professor of Philosophy
 > Director & General Editor, Peirce Edition Project
 > President, Semiotic Society of America
 > Institute for American Thought
 > ES 0010, 902 W New York Street
 > Indianapolis, IN 46202-5157
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