I only learned a couple of hours ago about the death of William Alston. I never met him, I have only read one of his articles, and philosophically he played a leading role in putting Christian epistemology back on the map. But he was the dissertation adviser of Garey Spradley, one of my college philosophy professors. I took 8 courses with Professor Spradley and he taught me at least half of what I know about how to rigorously, carefully, and humbly pursue philosophical questions.
And so in an odd way learning of Professor Alston’s death is like learning of the death of a personal intellectual grandfather whom I never knew. Here’s an intellectual biography of my teacher’s teacher.
Thanks to Brian Leiter for passing on the news.