Irving Thalberg, Jr. (1930 - 1988)

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Irving Thalberg Jr. was a 20th century philosopher and the son of 1930s Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg and Academy award-winning actress Norma Shearer.

The Thalberg family lived at 707 Ocean Front Drive in Los Angeles. Irving Jr. was only six years old when his father died from pneumonia at the age of thirty-seven. He was educated at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland and attended Stanford University. He was a teacher of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago until he died of cancer in 1988.

He published two books of philosophical studies through the Muirhead Library of Philosophy: "Enigmas of Agency," Allen & Unwin, London, 1972, and "Perception, Emotion & Action," Blackwells, Oxford, 1977.

Unlike most epistemologists, Thalberg published articles that defended the Platonic tripartite analysis of knowledge (justified true belief, a.k.a. "JTB") against the more popular view that Gettier counterexamples refuted the JTB account. Specifically, Thalberg argued that justification is not transmissible through valid deduction.

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1930
August 25, 1930
1988
1988
Age 57