Lewis White Beck, born September 26, 1913, in Griffin, Georgia, was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware from 1941-1948.
Prior to teaching at Delaware Beck was an instructor in Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Beck became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rochester in 1949, after teaching at Lehigh University for one year (1948-1949). At the University of Rochester Dr. Beck also served as the Dean of the Graduate School from 1956-1957 and as the chairman of the Department of Philosophy from 1949-1966. Dr. Beck has been the Emeritus Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at the University of Rochester since 1979.
Dr. Beck received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in 1934, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Duke University in 1935 and 1937 respectively. He has received honorary degrees from Hamilton College, Emory University, and the University of Tubingen, Germany.
In addition to his translation of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and Other Writings in Moral Philosophy, Beck has written numerous books. Some of these titles include The Actor and the Spectator (1975), Essays on Kant and Hume (1978), Early German Philosophy (1968), Studies in the Philosophy of Kant (1965), and Kant Selections (1988).
Directory of American Scholars. 8th edition. Volume IV. (New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1982). p.33.
Contemporary Authors. First Revision. Volume 5-8. (Detroit: Gale Research, 1969). pp. 81-82.
The Writers Directory 1990-92. (Chicago: St. James's Press, 1990). p. 66.
The Lewis White Beck Manuscripts consist of the various stages of drafts toward Beck's translation and editing of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and Other Writings in Moral Philosophy. The papers include an autograph draft, a typescript version, galley proofs, page proofs, and the published edition.