Edward "Ted" Jarvis Bond

February 09, 1930 - April 08, 2016
Edward "Ted" Jarvis Bond

Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus

Queen’s University

He was a man, take him for all in all, 

I shall not look upon his like again.  - Hamlet (I,ii)

We mourn the passing of this singular, brilliant and passionate man, who passed away peacefully at Arbour Heights on April 8th, 2016.

Dear brother of John Bond (Nuala Joyce), beloved father of Peter Bond and  Elizabeth Strong (David), grandfather to Jessica McTavish (Graeme), James Strong (Colleen Kendall), Christopher Strong and Aaron Strong, cherished partner of Sheila Carnall, a second father to her children Sarah, Cadillac and Adam, and dear friend of Richard Perry.

Edward (Ted) Bond was born in Ottawa to the late Roxana and Eddie Bond on February 9th, 1930. Ted’s early life was in Ottawa until he and his mother moved to Toronto in 1939. Ted attended high school at Pickering College in Newmarket, beginning in 1943 and graduating in June of 1948. In 2004 Ted was inducted into Pickering’s highest honour for alumni, the Class of 1842, one of a select few. After graduating from Pickering, Ted began his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in the fall of 1948, graduating with an Honours degree in Philosophy and English in 1953, going on to complete an MA in 1956. He received a full scholarship to Cornell and moved to Ithaca New York in 1957 to begin three years of study there. His instructors at Cornell included John Rawls, Max Black, Peter Geach, G.H. von Wright and Philippa Foot. In 1960, Ted moved with his new wife Carolyn (whom he had met at Cornell),  to Victoria, BC and began his teaching career at the University of Victoria. In 1964 he completed his Ph.D. and that fall he began his long and distinguished career as a professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, becoming a full professor in 1972. On a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Leave Fellowship,  he lived in Cambridge in 1978 where he was a Visiting Member of the High Table at King’s College, and a guest lecturer. Here he began writing his book Reason and Value, published by Cambridge University Press in 1983 (and reprinted again in 2010). In 1985 he was a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, a member of the Senior Common Room at St John’s College, Oxford in 1989 and a Royal Bank of Scotland Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in 1993. Ted was the recipient of many other academic honours and fellowships throughout his long career as a philosopher and teacher. His second book Ethics and Human Well-Being was published by Blackwell Publishers (Oxford) in 1996. Ted published many articles in reference works, He was invited to give papers, and commentaries to academic institutions around the world throughout his career. 

As a Philosopher and teacher, Ted centred on Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Aesthetics and Logic. Ted’s philosophical contemporaries and friends included Bernard Williams, G.E.M. Anscombe, and Bernard Gert (whom he met at Cornell).  Ted’s aesthetic sense was very much tied to his deep love and understanding of music. Music was a major part of his life, and for many years he was a well respected music critic for the Whig Standard and he taught several courses in the aesthetics of music. For Ted, philosophy was never simply an abstract intellectual or technical exercise: his love of philosophy was deep and passionate, rooted in Humanism and a genuine desire to do good in the world. Ted will also be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, kindness to others and genuine love of life.



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