Celebrating Norman Care's Life

I was heartened to see your magazine's praise for the late Professor Norman Care, but I believe a more in depth article on Norm-concentrating on his life, not his death-would be a good addition. It is an enduring irony that Norm was the very person who taught many of us, at the ages of 19 and 20, for the first time about life and death. For years, he offered a colloquium with Thomas Van Nortwick on the Meaning of Life, and his meditations on the subject concluded his introductory course, Philosophy and Values. Guided by the teachings of Albert Camus, William James, and many others, Norm pointed out to all of us the undeniable sense in which every writing carried with it an argument about what was important in life-in essence, why it should be lived. Though he taught in the philosophy department, Norm was the most committed of any professor to melding thought with action and theory with practice; he devoted himself to the indefatigable task of illuminating the ways in which Immanuel Kant and David Hume were still relevant to the everyday life of college students in Northeastern Ohio. This spirit-that everything in life matters so deeply -will be Norm's abiding legacy, one that pulled students to him as though led by a magnetic force, that transformed chemists into philosophy majors, and lent a rare passion and grace to the way that he lived.
Jason Sokol '99
Berkeley, California

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