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Dretske in September 2012
Fredrick Irwin Dretske

(1932-12-09)December 9, 1932
Died July 24, 2013(2013-07-24) (aged 80)
Cause of death Heart failure
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Occupation Philosopher
Awards Jean Nicod Prize (1994)

Frederick Irwin Dretske (December 9, 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois – July 24, 2013) was an American philosopher. He was known for his works to epistemology and the philosophy of mind.

Dretske was born on December 9, 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois.

His later work centered on conscious experience and self-knowledge. Additionally, he was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize in 1994. Dretske received his Ph.D from The University of Minnesota and taught for a number of years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison before moving to Stanford University.

After retiring from Stanford, he moved to Duke University where he was Senior Research Scholar in Philosophy until his death in 2013. Dretske died on July 24, 2013 from heart failure, aged 80.

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