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Charles Chihara
Charles Seiyo Chihara

(1932-07-19)July 19, 1932
DiedFebruary 16, 2020(2020-02-16) (aged 87)
EducationSeattle University (BS)
Purdue University (MS)
University of Washington (PhD)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of mathematics

Charles Seiyo Chihara (July 19, 1932 – February 16, 2020) was an American philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mathematics and metaphysics.[1]

Early life and education

Born to Japanese-American parents in Seattle, Chihara spent part of his youth in an internment camp during World War II.[1] After graduating from O'Dea High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Seattle University, a Master of Science in mathematics from Purdue University, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington.[2]


For most of his career, Chihara served as a member of the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley.[1] In the philosophy of mathematics, Chihara is known for his work on nominalism, structuralism, and the liar paradox.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Mancosu, Paolo. "In Memoriam: Charles Seiyo Chihara". University of California Academic Senate. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  2. ^ The International Who's Who, 1997-98. Europa Publications. 1997. ISBN 978-1-85743-022-6.
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