Philosopher, Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.
Max Black received two doctoral degrees from the University of London.
He taught at the University of London from 1936 to 1940 and at the University
of Illinois from 1940 to 1946. He joined the faculty at Cornell in 1946,
becoming the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy in 1954. In 1965, Black
became the first director of Cornell's Society for the Humanities, a position
he held until 1971. Since 1971, he was a member of the Cornell program on
Science, Technology and Society and academic head of its Unit on Humanities,
Science and Technology. His first publication was a discussion of Jeremy
Bentham's theory of definition. He has written numerous works on philosophical
subjects, including books on mathematics, Wittgenstein, and the nature of the