Ian Mueller, Professor Emeritus in Philosophy, died suddenly Friday, Aug. 6 at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was 72. Mueller was a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy of science and the reception of Plato and Aristotle in late antiquity. He is the author of Philosophy of Mathematics and Deductive Structure in Euclid’s “Elements” (1981); the editor, translator and annotator of 10 volumes in the series Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, under the general editorship of Richard Sorabji; and the author of more than 70 articles on ancient Greek mathematics, astronomy and cosmology.
“Ian Mueller was the preeminent philosopher and historian of ancient Greek mathematics in his generation,” said Jonathan Lear, the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in Social Thought, Philosophy and the College.