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Edward Francis McClennen II

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McClennen, Edward Francis II ALBANY Edward F. McClennen II, 77, of Albany died on November 2, 2013. A professor of philosophy, Ned was a passionate thinker and an unrepentant liberal. He contributed foundational work to the field of decision and game theory with more than 50 articles and the highly influential book "Rationality and Dynamic Choice: Foundational Explorations." Ned believed that people could achieve extraordinary things by cooperating and devoted his later years to integrating economics and political philosophy in the service of a theory of a just, civil society and government a rational society. Ned received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1959 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He lectured throughout the world and taught most recently at Syracuse University and previously at The London School of Economics as the centennial professor of philosophy. From 2005 to 2007, he participated with a group of international scholars who were brought to Libya by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to help in the writing of a new constitution, for which Ned drafted the bill of rights. When teaching at Bowling Green State University as the Ohio Board of Regents eminent scholar in moral and social philosophy, he was co-developer of a program that brought young Central and Eastern European scholars to the United States after the collapse of the Soviet Union as a means of helping them understand the relevance of new institutional economic theory for their reemerging nations. Ned also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Purdue University, and Lehman College CUNY and was a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, the University of Rochester, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Amsterdam. As many would attest, Ned was a gracious host who loved cooking fine food to share with others over long evenings of spirited conversation about literature, art and politics. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Esrock, and his children, Nathaniel Esrock McClennen and Sarah Pearmain McClennen.

Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 15, 2013
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